CNN political commentator Ashley Allison, a former official who worked for the Biden campaign, on Thursday compared pro-Jan. 6 demonstrators who plan to attend a rally on Saturday at the Capitol to the Taliban.
The "Justice for J6" rally at the Union Square plaza on the west lawn of the Capitol is scheduled in support of pro-Trump rioters arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol building. The Look Ahead America event is led by Matt Braynard, an ex-campaign employee for former President Donald Trump.
According to the Daily Caller, Allison criticized protesters who are coming to the Capitol "to make the point a second time," saying that the demonstrators were akin to the "Charlottesville neo-Nazis" who "came back to Unite the Right."
Allison continued, saying that the rally attendees have a "delusional fetish" about making any change in the government, and that "there is just a disconnect with reality." She went on: "We know Joe Biden won the election, and these folks are showing up because on Jan. 6, there was a group of people who wanted to overthrow our government and did not believe what voters actually decided to do."
"But the thing that is so disgusting to me, is the same Republicans who will not condemn Saturday's attendees or the rally, are the same ones blasting the Biden administration about Afghanistan. And when I look at the people who come on Saturday, I draw very close parallels to the Taliban," she added.
Allison then outlined exactly why, in her opinion, she felt that this group of people could be compared to the hardline Islamist extremists of the Taliban:
"They are people who don't have respect for democracy, they are people who don’t have respect for diverging ideas, and that is what people on Jan. 6 stood for … and if you're a Republican or Democrat and won't condemn, shame on you."
However, even the left-wing personalities on CNN didn't agree with Allison. Pamela Brown of CNN called Allison's statements "very extreme," and noted that the Taliban is an "oppressive" and "violent regime."
Law enforcement officials in Washington are reconstructing a protective fence around the Capitol and preparing for the rally ahead of Saturday.