Friday, after a few commercial breaks on State-sponsored television, where President Erdogan looked like he was on his way out, Erdogan grabbed the reigns again and through FaceTime began his own version of The Purge: Election Year by saying, “Go to the streets and give them their answer,” followed by removing 140 members of the Supreme Court, 36 Generals, members of the Air Force and arresting roughly 3,000 soldiers, while suspending 8,000 police officers.
With reports of hundreds killed, and video showing still more soldiers being beaten in the streets, Federica Mogherini, the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief, has started to fret and said, “We are the ones saying today rule of law has to be protected in the country. There is no excuse for any steps that take the country away from that.”
Wait, what’s the definition of a coup again? Oh, riiiiight.
“In a democracy, you cannot ignore the demands of people,” Erdogan said Sunday night, when discussing his plans to reinstate the death penalty.
Executing an almost flawless homage to Hillary in Benghazi, Erdogan was also quick to lay the blame of the coup on 75 year old Fethullah Gulen, an imam leaving in Pennsylvania.
“I call on the United States and President Barack Obama. Dear Mr. President, I told you this before. Either arrest Fethullah Gulen or return him to Turkey. You didn’t listen. I call on you again, after there was a coup attempt. Extradite this man in Pennsylvania to Turkey! If we are strategic partners or model partners, do what is necessary.”
Gulen, for his part, isn’t allowing himself to be scapegoated like some unknown YouTuber, saying, “I don’t believe that the world believes the accusations made by President Erdogan. There is a possibility that it could be a staged coup and it could be meant for further accusations.”
Just a possibility, Gulen? Really?