Stacey Abrams Staffer Shares Tweet Comparing United States to Taliban 

The staffer removed retweet after a Free Beacon inquiry

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August 18, 2021

A top Stacey Abrams staffer shared and then removed a social media post that called the American Revolution the "US jihad" and compared the U.S. government to the Taliban.

A.D. Fields, a political director for Stacey Abrams's voter rights organization, Fair Fight Action, removed his retweet of the Twitter thread after a Washington Free Beacon inquiry. In the post, Michael Harriot, a senior writer for the Root, referred to African Americans who fled the colonies after fighting for the British as "refugees from the American Taliban."

"About 75-80% of the Black people who fought in the US jihad we called the American Revolution fought AGAINST the USA," Harriot tweeted. "At least England had the decency to evacuate them."

Harriot's tweets were in response to the Biden administration's removal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which left thousands of Americans and local allies stranded as the Taliban took control of the region.

Harriot is a full-time writer for the Root—an African American-focused digital magazine—and frequently appears on CNN and MSNBC. He also says he taught critical race theory as an economics professor.

Fair Fight Action and the Root did not respond to requests for comment.

Abrams is a failed gubernatorial candidate in Georgia who has become the face of Democratic Party efforts to reform election laws nationwide. Fair Fight Action is an advocacy group founded by Abrams that focuses on alleged voter suppression in conservative states.

The Root is owned by G/O Media, which controls a number of publications such as Deadspin, Jezebel, the A.V. Club, and the Onion.

Published under: Stacey Abrams