Wolf Blitzer, a CNN host, said on Thursday that there would be questions regarding whether the Barcelona terror attack was a “copycat” of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Barcelona violence involved a van speeding up and then crashing into a group of people. At least 13 people were killed, and more than 50 were injured in the deadly attack against pedestrians at Las Ramblas, a popular tourist area in northeastern Spain. The attack also came after two very similar attacks in the UK as.
During the segment, CNN’s Jim Sciutto compared the attack in Spain to the same style attack in Charlottesville last weekend.
CNN’s Jim Sciutto had this to say about the “shared tactics” of both attackers:
“In light of the uproar of the last several days, five days apart you have a white supremacist in Charlottesville use a vehicle to kill, and here you have attackers at least following the modus operandi of terrorists using vehicles apparently to kill as well, and those shared tactics that should be alarming,” Sciutto said.
Wolf Blitzer then replied, “There will be questions about copycats. There will be questions if what happened in Barcelona was at all a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. Even though there may be different characters, different political ambitions, they used the same killing device: a vehicle going at high-speed into a group, a large group of pedestrians.”
There have been a number of terror attacks using vehicles before the violence in Charlottesville. Last July, a terrorist in Nice, France killed 84 people after he plowed his truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day.
Do you think that CNN and Wolf Blitzer have an agenda in connecting the Charlottesville attack with what just happened in Barcelona, Spain?