Young Turks host Ana Kasparian ripped conservatives on Tuesday who denied any link between anti-abortion statements and the physical shooting attack against a Planning Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs over the weekend.
“The only time the issue of abortion ever comes up — and you’ll notice this pattern – is when there’s a presidential election coming around. When there’s a presidential election, all of a sudden ‘Oh my god, we care so much about the babies,'” she said. “Babies this, babies that. You can’t kill any babies. It’s for political f*cking gain. That’s all it’s about. That’s all they care about. It’s political gain — they don’t care about lives.”
Even as conservatives attack Planned Parenthood and accuse the organization of infanticide, she said, they rush to avoid any responsibility for possibly influencing the multiple attacks targeting the group since the release of the heavily-edited videos accusing it of profiting off the sale of fetal tissue.
“You can’t keep f*cking saying ‘baby killer,’ because when you do that, crazy people will carry out acts of violence. That is violent rhetoric, and your violent rhetoric translates to violent actions,” Kasparian said. “If you don’t get that, you’re either in denial or you know it’s true and you just don’t want to admit it.”
While Republicans like Carly Fiorina — whose claim that the videos showed a “fully-formed fetus” was debunked — accused progressives of “hateful rhetoric” for criticizing her attacks on Planned Parenthood, co-host John Iadarola introduced a compilation of several extreme statements from conservatives like Newt Gingrich, Pat Robertson and Fiorina’s fellow presidential candidate, Ben Carson.
“Those statements came from the same individuals who are against providing health care to Americans,” Kasparian said. “It came from the same individuals who are against ‘food stamps,’ and governmental programs that help the poor to ensure that they stay alive, that they stay healthy. Those same statements came from people who deny our veterans — the same troops that they’re constantly talking about supporting — mental health care and things that would help them integrate back into society as healthy human beings.”
Watch Kasparian’s commentary, as aired on Tuesday, below.
‘Not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists’: Native American Congresswoman
One of the first two Native America women blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.
Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.
Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump's tweet by CNN's Ana Cabrera.
‘He believes he’s a king and a dictator’: Ex-GOP congressman backs impeaching ‘unfit conman’ Trump
President Donald Trump was blasted on MSNBC on Saturday by a former Republican congressman for being an "unfit conman."
Rev. Al Sharpton interviewed former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) about a recent New York Times op-ed he wrote calling for Trump to face a primary challenge from the right.
"There’s a strong case for President Trump to face a Republican primary challenger," Walsh wrote. "I know a thing or two about insurgencies. I entered Congress in 2011 as an insurgent Tea Party Republican."
Heather Heyer’s mom says things have gotten worse since Charlottesville — but she has a solution
CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday interviewed Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Her daughter was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
"When you watch what’s happening in Portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up, just given everything your family has been through?" Cabrera asked.
"My hackles don’t really go down anymore," Bro replied. "I am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. Yeah, I think after two years ago, mine will never completely go down again."