CNN commentator Charles Blow asserted on Tuesday that Republicans were allowing hate to spread by downplaying the idea that homophobia contributed to the terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
On Monday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested that President Barack Obama was complicit in the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, saying, “Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,”
Speaking on CNN’s New Day, Blow pointed out that Donald Trump had always questioned President Barack Obama’s “identity, his religion, his kind of fealty to this country.”
“If you put it into that sort of context, it is very clear that he means to question his loyalty, his patriotism, whether he has some sort of intimate knowledge of Islamic terror,” Blow said. “And that is outrageous.”
The commentator argued that it was “not sufficient” for Trump supporters to condemn the billionaire’s words while continuing to support him.
“This is a zero sum game, either you fight against hatred or you advance it,” Blow insisted. “Is it correct to say people are distorting a particularly religion, Islam, the Muslim faith? Absolutely. Is it correct to say there is a strand in the faith of people exploiting it to turn people into weapons? Absolutely.”
Blow observed that Americans who hate Muslims contribute to the radicalization of Muslim Americans. He also noted that the people who were criticizing Obama for not saying the words “radical Islam” were same people who refused to bring themselves to say that the attack occurred at a “gay” nightclub.
And then in only 30 seconds, Blow delivered a lesson on how hatred spreads:
We cannot downplay the idea of homophobia being linked to other phobias and other hatreds and other isms, that all of these things are connected, that once you allow yourself to hate one person, once you allow that into your spirit, once you allow that to become part of your and normalized in you, it allows you to hate anyone, to hate everyone, to be able to hurt anyone.”
Watch the video blow from CNN’s New Day, broadcast June 14, 2016.
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