Vice President Joe Biden spoke at slain officer Sean Collier’s memorial service held at MIT today. While giving his speech, Biden described the suspected bombers, the Tsarnaev brothers as “two twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadists here in Boston…”
Biden’s inquiring mind went on to wander:
“I’ve thought about it a lot, because I deal with it a lot, and I’ve come to the conclusion, it is not unique to me, but they do it to instill fear, to have us, in the name of our safety and security, jettison what we value the most, and what the world most values about us, our open society, our system of justice that guarantees freedom, the access of all Americans to opportunity, the free flow of information and people across this country, our transparency.”
I’m not sure what a knock-off jihadist is, as opposed to say an authentic jihadist. The Tsarnaevs (allegedly) went on a killing spee that was rather successful … nothing “knock-off” about it. I’m sure the “knock-off” element brings great comfort to the victim’s families.