After a dispute broke out Saturday between a noted liberal and a noted conservative during a debate at a Politicon event in Los Angeles, some in the demonstrably left-wing media rushed to smear the conservative, accusing him of having attempted to fight the liberal.
“Watch Charlie Kirk Try to Fight Cenk Uygur at Politicon: ‘Come On Cenk, Let’s Go!'” the headline at Mediaite reads. Context matters, and the headline used by the left-wing news purveyor lacks it.
Video footage from the altercation shows Turning Points USA founder Charlie Kirk debating Hasan Piker of the Young Turks, a fringe leftist group run by radical leftist Cenk Uygur.
The debate reportedly centered on whether young Americans should choose liberalism or conservatism as their preferred political ideology. When the debate pivoted to socialism, which most liberals now endorse, Kirk challenged Hasan to reveal his own salary or “go live like a socialist.”
“So Hasan, why don’t you give 95 percent of your money away and go live on a commune?” he said, adding that Hasan should “go live what you preach.”
“I live what I practice. I’m a free market capitalist. I employee people. I took a risk. I have my own start-up business. Every single day I practice what I preach. He wants other people to contribute to what he considers to be a good idea, what he considers will make the world place a better place. You have the freedom to live as a socialist. Go do it, Hasan. What’s stopping you?”
The discussion continued along these lines until Kirk demanded that Hasan reveal his salary. It was around this time that the Turning Point USA founder suddenly flew off his seat and began yelling toward the audience.
“I live like a capitalist every single day, Cenk!” he shouted, addressing Hasan’s boss, who was seated among the audience. “I live as a capitalist! I live what I believe! What do I do? I get dirty every single year! What’s my salary? Less than his! Come on, Cenk, let’s go!”
Watch the altercation from beginning to end below:
Question: Did you see or hear Kirk threaten to fight Uygur? Probably not, because that never happened. It looks more like the exasperated Turning Points USA got up from his seat to get closer to the audience so that Uygur could better hear him.
As of Sunday neither Kirk nor anyone at Turning Points had addressed the altercation on social media. Uygur did for his part posted a tweet explaining what he’d said to Kirk that’d angered him.
I asked him what his salary was. Same question he asked @hasanthehun. I want to know how much it took for the richest people in the country to buy his services. He claims he took a risk to start his organization. How much risk is there to do propaganda for the rich? https://t.co/0BXXOtM965
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) October 21, 2018
He appears to believe that there’s something innately foul about a self-avowed capitalist raising funds from interested investors. Why? You’d have to understand liberal logic to know.
“[H]e knows he’s an errand boy and it’s probably embarrassing how much he gets paid to do the bidding of the richest people in the country,” he added in additional tweets.
“No, of course he didn’t answer. He gets triggered by that topic because it goes to the core of how fraudulent his organization is. They get paid by the wealthiest people in the country to push for tax cuts and deregulation under the guise of principles. It’s corruption defined.”
Uygur’s point again remains unclear, especially since Democrats also raise funds from the rich and wealthy. The only difference is that whereas Democrats purport to be socialists who hate the wealthy, conservatives readily admit that they’re free-market capitalists who see nothing wrong with success.
It’s perhaps this stunning hypocrisy and lack of actual principles (versus whatever “principles” that Uygur referenced) that inspired such outrage from Kirk during the debate Saturday — outrage that, as a reminder, certainly didn’t include him challenging Uygur to a fight.
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