A new "terrorist" threat is the real terrorism
The thing about the original war on terror is that there was an actual, foreign enemy eager to harm Americans. Yes, on the one hand the threat was massively overhyped, and on the other hand, actual terrorists were basically allowed by the FBI to conduct their attacks. Sometimes actually encouraged. But at the root, there was a real threat.
This modern version treats Americans as the terrorist threat. Not because of any actual risk of violence, but because those Americans are pissed off and believe the election was stolen.