GOP Congressman's Refusal to Acknowledge White Terrorism Leaves Alisyn Camerota Dumbstruck
GOP Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) strongly supports Trump's immigration ban as a means of preventing acts of terrorism by Islamic extremists. But what about attacks carried out by white extremists? It's a question CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota raised in an interview on Trump's policy with the Republican Tuesday morning.
"Congressman, help me understand: Why isn't the president talking about the white terrorist who mowed down six Muslims who were praying at their mosque?" Camerota asked Duffy.
"Yeah, I don't know," Duffy admitted, but insisted, "there is a difference."
"Again, death and murder on both sides is wrong, but if you want to take the dozens of scenarios where ISIS-inspired attacks have taken innocents, and you give me one example of what's happening... in Canada, I'm going to condemn them all," Duffy said.
Yet, after dismissing the terror attack as a "one-off," he appeared curious.
"Bring it on, Alisyn," Duffy goaded, leading the host to prove why he was wrong.
"You don't think there are white extremists?" she asked, baffled. "You don't remember Oklahoma City? You don't think that this guy who was involved in the mosque shooting said that he was inspired by things that he read online?"
When Duffy prodded her for more recent examples, Camerota added, "How about the Charleston church shooting?"
Duffy replied that there was "no constant thread" connecting the incidents and that CNN should be talking about attacks on Trump supporters more. He also argued that it was just easier to prevent terrorism from the countries on Trump's list, rather than homegrown terrorism.
"Why do you think that when it's a white terrorist, it's an isolated incident... Do you not think it was white supremacy? This is what the shooter said it was," she told him.
"Yeah, it's horrible," he agreed. "So, what do we do on the white supremacy front to make sure we don't have another attack like Charleston? I am with you on that."
Camerota suggested Duffy speak out about attacks carried out by white extremists and Islamic extremists equally.
And when Duffy turned back to Trump's new refugee policy and the "Trojan horse" theory, Camerota took down his claim in one fell swoop:
"The only problem with your argument is that there is... no deadly terror attack that refugees have been responsible for [here]."