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NYT's Thomas Friedman: Terrorist Attack Before Election Works in Trump's Favor

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By    |   Sunday, 01 May 2016 01:22 PM

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman suggests if there was an act of terror before the presidential election, it could help catapult Donald Trump into the White House.

In remarks to NBC News' "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd on Sunday, Friedman asserts such a scenario would be fueled by heightened fears about national security.

"One thing that [President Barack] Obama has done right and a favor to Hillary Clinton… in response to these acts of terrorism, [that] we have to suck it up, it has to be like Israel," Friedman said.

"Because if we set this up the way we're setting it up, if there's an act of terrorism in late October, early November, it's going to" work in "Donald Trump's favor in ways that are highly unpredictable," he asserted.

Friedman explains that in the 1996 election in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with his hard-line against peace with the Palestinians, won by a razor thin margin over incumbent Shimon Peres, the architect of peace agreements, after the assassination of former PM Yitzhak Rabin.

"You think we're a terrorist attack away from President Trump?" Todd asked.

"Could be, Chuck," Friedman replied.

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New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman suggests if there was an act of terror before the presidential election, it could help catapult Donald Trump into the White House. In remarks to NBC News' Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd on Sunday, Friedman asserts such a...
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