The embarrassing, offensive rhetoric coming from the GOP clown car lately is shocking, even for these people. Chuck Todd played a couple of clips from this week's latest rantings.
- DONALD TRUMP: A database is okay. And a watchlist is okay. And surveillance is okay. If you don't mind I want to be-- I want to surveil, I want surveillance of these people that are coming in. I want surveillance of certain mosques, okay? If that's okay. I want surveillance. And you know what? We've had it before and we'll have it again.
- SEN. TED CRUZ: Those planes that flew into the Twin Towers weren't piloted by a bunch of ticked off Presbyterians.
- DR. BEN CARSON: If there's a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you're probably going to push your children out of the way. Doesn't mean that you hate all dogs.
The guest, Islamic Pacifism Lawyer, Arsalan Iftikhar, speaks the truth. At the beginning of 2015, Iftikhar was
reportedly been banned from MSNBC after he claimed on-air that Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal “might be trying to scrub some of the brown off of his skin” in his recent comments against radical Islam.
CHUCK TODD: Arsalan, how tough has it been to be a Muslim-American this week?
ARSALAN IFTIKHAR: Well, Chuck, in the seven days since the Paris attacks, we've seen mosques attacked here in the United States in Omaha, Nebraska; Pflugerville Texas. There was a 43-year-old man in Saint Petersburg, Florida, who was arrested by the F.B.I. for saying that he's going to shoot and kill every single Muslim child that he sees. And Southwest Airlines actually had two or three flights where Muslims were taken off of the flights simply because they were Muslim. And so, it's pretty much been par for the course since September 11th.
Todd reminds the audience of the drastic difference between his comments cautioning an all out attack against Islam from George W. Bush after 9/11 and the current idea of putting Muslims on a national registry, like the Jews were in Nazi Germany.
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IFTIKHAR: Well, I think, you know, what George W. Bush said after 9/11 in terms of ensuring solidarity with American Muslims, sadly, he'd be considered an outcast in today's 2015 Republican Party. You know, we see people like Donald Trump saying that we should have a database of all American Muslims.
I wonder if the two Muslim members of Congress, my buddy, Keith Ellison and Andre Carson, would they be in that database with Mohammed Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, funniest guy in America, Dave Chappelle? You know, we talked about special IDs for Muslims. Would that be similar to the yellow Stars of David that many Jewish people had to wear in Nazi Germany? Would it be a yellow crescent this time?
...it's absolutely, you know, beyond the pale that, you know, when Ben Carson says that Muslims should be allowed to be President, you know, he clearly hasn't read the Religious Test Clause of The Constitution.
And so, in many cases, not only should these people not be allowed to run for President, they should retroactively fail 8th grade social studies for not knowing the Constitution.
The solidarity that the world expressed with France after the Paris attacks was much more pronounced than the for the Mali attacks one week later. The predominance of French flags on social media was the next topic of discussion and no one has a way with word-bungling like Ron Fournier.
FOURNIER: Is it simply racism, though? If I, for one, had the French flag, I didn't even think of putting the Mali flag in my avatar, what does it say about me?
ARSALAN IFTIKHAR: Well, I have to give Facebook credit here, because Facebook created a photo tool for the people of France--
Well the fact that Mali is 92% Muslim with a predominantly Black population may make it hard for Americans to relate to the country as much as White Christian France. One would hope that Todd felt the need to counter the comments by Fournier with a little bit of logic, and he addressed Iftikhar to conclude the segment.
CHUCK TODD: Arsalan, I'm going to give you the last word.
ARSALAN IFTIKHAR: You know, it's important to keep in mind, there's a recent poll that happened in Iowa amongst Republican registered voters, which show that 33% of Iowa Republicans believe that Islam should be illegal in America today, against the law, we still--
Fournier interrupts because he is wondering about a re-education campaign for Americans who don't understand Islam, forgetting that this is the way they'd like to keep it.
RON FOURNIER: Well, how do we change this? It's public opinion. Overall, 56% of Americans say it doesn't match American values, so is it an education campaign?
ARSALAN IFTIKHAR: Let's not forget 59% of Americans today believe that Barack Obama is still a Muslim. I feel that Jerry Seinfeld needs to pop on and say, "Not that there's anything wrong with that." "Muslim" has become a slur in America today. (LAUGH)
I guess the only way for a person with Iftikhar's intellect to handle this abject stupidity is to find the humor in it.