Last night’s Fox/Google GOP debate, without the court jester, was finally a substantive conversation. I appreciate moderators who aren’t afraid to ask tough questions and not accept canned responses. Unlike the disastrous CNBC GOP debate, Fox’s Kelly, Baier, and Wallace didn’t rely on presenting lies in the form of supposedly objective questions.
But Fox failed miserably with one particular question. Their partnership with Google brought a young, Muslim Youtube “activist”, Nabela Noor, to the debate via video. She asked the following question: “In 2015, the number of hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. has tripled and on social media, where I spend a lot of time, I’ve seen many attacks directed towards fellow Muslims. This culture of hatred is only driving ISIS to radicalize, recruit, and incite violence. As president, what would you do to address this toxic climate and promote increased tolerance in the United States?”
One would think a news network would fact-check a question for a Presidential debate. In an effort to appear “diverse” or to try to embarrass the absent and unfortunate frontrunner Donald Trump (who has expressed unapologetic, absurd, and sometimes unrealistic views about combatting Islamic terrorism) no one bothered to notice the premise of the question.
First of all, as someone who is half white and half black (or simply just American) I hate the label of “hate crime”. The only action that is not a hate crime today is violence targeted toward a white heterosexual male. Apparently, that kind of behavior is some form of retributive, racial and gender justice according to the subscribers of nonsensical “White Privilege” ideology. Who commits verbal or physical violence toward another out of love, anyway?
The revelations that not all Republicans are blind to their games must be a hard pill for Progressives to swallow. Trump apparently saw them coming from ten miles away.