Tucker Carlson blasted a Muslim activist who claimed unwarranted government persecution of Muslims is grounds for creating “safe spaces” for them funded by taxpayers.
The “safe spaces” for young Muslims was proposed by Australian group, the Islamic Council of Victoria, which represents 200,000 Muslims it claims are being persecuted due to fears over radical Islamic terror.
Carlson questioned the ICV call for a place for young people to safely express “inflammatory views that would cause trouble if voiced publicly,” during Friday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
American Muslim Blair Imani, executive director of Equality for HER, defended the need for protective spaces.
“I’m talking about safe spaces being somewhere where you can be who you are without fear of being surveilled, having violence committed against you or being harassed,” Imani told the Fox News host. “And I think it’s a good idea to have everywhere.”
Carlson interrupted to clarify why Imani thought Muslims were the target of surveillance by law enforcement agencies. Her response that it was due to “counterterrorism efforts” prompted Carlson to question why she thought these efforts were even needed against Muslims.
“Come on, Tucker. You’re a smart guy. You know why that is,” Imani countered.
“I’m a man who asks questions and I’m asking a question about the statement you just made,” he replied, adding that there are no counterterrorism efforts against other religious groups like the Amish and Hasidic Jews because they are not committing acts of terror.
“It’s not like some mass fantasy that law enforcement is acting out of,” he said. “This is a real thing, And I don’t understand why groups like yours won’t acknowledge the reality of that because it is there, it’s true.”
Imani continued her narrative on the unfair targeting of Muslims, adding that violence is not “exclusive” to the Muslim community while noting the “rise of white supremacists and ‘alt-right’ violence.”
“Oh, spare me. That’s too dumb,” Carlson said, pushing back on the call for Muslim-only safe spaces funded by tax dollars.
“Primarily you’re an American. Aren’t we all, first and foremost, Americans?” he asked.
“I’m black first,” Imani replied.
“End of conversation,” Carlson said.
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