During a discussion on Thursday’s edition of “Anderson Cooper 360,” Van Jones seemed to blame President-elect Donald Trump for jihad, accusing the mogul of “making people radical,” Newsbusters reported.
According to Brad Wilmouth:
Appearing as a panel member on Thursday’s Anderson Cooper 360, during a discussion of Muslim-Americans “self-radicalizing’ and becoming terrorists, liberal CNN political commentator Van Jones at one point blamed Donald Trump for allegedly causing some to “self-radicalize.”
As conservative CNN political commentator Jack Kingston argued in favor of studies to help answer the question of why “lone wolf” terrorists “became radical,” Jones jumped in to inject: “When people say stuff like Trump. Trump kind of helps make people radical, but go ahead.”
“There’s a term that the border patrol uses — OTM — “other than Mexicans” coming in. So there’s truth to the fact that there are lots of people coming in — thousands probably. I don’t know the exact number because we don’t have that control on it,” Kingston argued.
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“But I wanted to say this. One of the things that is in his immigration plan that is very rarely talked about is a committee of study on radicalization. How do you stop the lone wolf who is embedded? Maybe an American citizen, maybe not. Maybe he’s lived here for 10 years. What makes him turn radical? We don’t know. And that’s another (inaudible) bipartisanship,” he added.
Jones then jumped in: “When people say stuff like Trump. Trump kind of helps make people radical, but go ahead.”
Here’s video of the comment:
Liberal commentator Paul Begala said:
We want to know how people become self-radicalized, which is apparently what happened to this murderer at Ohio State, this terrorist at Ohio State. But the stereotyping and the scapegoating. Mr. Trump didn’t say anything like this when a right-wing white kid went into Mother Emanuel Baptist Church in South Carolina Charleston, and slaughtered people because they were black in their Bible study.
He wasn’t finished:
Now, it was not an attack on Christians or white people or conservatives. We didn’t scapegoat and stereotype them because there’s more of us. But that’s what’s so upsetting about Mr. Trump’s scapegoating Muslims or immigrants or refugees when we have homegrown terrorists who are not Muslims as well, like this animal in South Carolina who is alleged — I guess he’s accused, he hasn’t been tried yet, but this young man in South Carolina.
Twitchy asked: “When will Leftists like Van Jones STOP blaming Americans for terror?”
Short answer: Never.
Robert Spencer noted:
Dylann Roof wasn’t screaming “Jesus is Lord!” as he murdered people in the Mother Emanuel Baptist Church. He didn’t quote the Bible to justify his actions. Islamic jihadists routinely scream “Allahu akbar!” as they are killing, and invoke the Qur’an and Sunnah to justify their actions. But for Van Jones and Paul Begala, it is simply not possible that Muslims might kill Infidels for reasons that are found within the Islamic religion. The poor dears must have been driven to it by President-elect Trump. Why there were jihadis before Trump entered politics, they don’t explain, but it is apparently because people were saying “stuff like Trump” before that as well. If only we would learn to censor ourselves in accord with Sharia blasphemy restrictions, all would be well, and peace would dawn.
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