Maryam Monsef called the Taliban ‘brothers.’ Here’s what you need to know


If you have social media, you’ve probably seen the clip: Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef calling the Taliban “our brothers” during a press conference on Canadian evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. Monsef is running to be re-elected as the Liberal MP for Peterborough–Kawartha but spoke with journalists Wednesday in her role as the gender equality minister and part of the contingent of cabinet ministers currently shaping the government’s participation in the international air bridge out of Kabul. But it was the way she addressed the Taliban — a listed terrorist entity in Canada — that quickly prompted a flood of tweets, including from alt-right pundits, accusing her of supporting or sympathizing with the extremist regime that seized control of Afghanistan nearly two weeks ago.

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