Dr. John Horgan Quoted by Newsweek Responding to Trump’s Comments on New York Attack
In recent months, President Trump has used other terms to label terrorists, calling them instead “deranged persons” and even “losers.” Newsweek spoke with a number of experts and persons affected by acts of terror about using these labels and others. Global Studies’ Dr. John Horgan was one such expert:
“John Horgan, a professor at Georgia State University and the author of The Psychology of Terrorism, said that studies show that portraying mass shooters in a certain light can impact future events, but doing so for extremist assailants is different.
“’Those kinds of strategies are effective for certain kinds of offenders,’ he said. ‘There’s no way that there’s a deterrent effect, as far as the president of the United States portraying these guys as losers. If anything, those comments will be seized upon and might actually serve to sustain some people’s commitment to terrorism.’ He added, ‘There are ways to think about counternarratives that are far more sophisticated than just going on Twitter and calling them all losers.’”
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