While Kyle Kashuv is busy defending things he said when he was only 16-years-old, pundits are having a ball taking his comments and running with them to make their own ridiculous leftist points while they smear a young kid in the process.
Former Florida GOP Congressman and current MSNBC contributor David Jolly gave his thoughts on Kashuv’s controversial comments on Tuesday and said that the postings were indicative of something you would see from a school shooter.
Kashuv’s acceptance to Harvard was rescinded recently after a video went viral that showed Kashuv making racist and inflammatory comments in a private Google doc. Kashuv has apologized for the comments and said they do not represent the man he has become over the years.
On “MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle,” Jolly said he believes Harvard made the right decision in rescinding Kashuv’s acceptance. Asked by Ruhle if he thought Kashuv’s politics had any role in the decision — Kashuv has been an outspoken gun rights activist since surviving the Parkland shooting — Jolly said no.
“I don’t, Stephanie, I take a much harder line on this,” he said.
Jolly continued, “I think this is the perfect story for our time when, within our culture, we have leaders who are giving greater permission to racist statements and people with racist feelings, they are giving them greater equity, I think it’s important for Harvard to say ‘Not in our community, that is not a voice that we are going to give equity in our diverse community.’”
Jolly acknowledged that his first reaction to the comments from Kashuv were that he believed the young man deserved “redemption,” but he said the “story is greater than Harvard.”
“But if you look at this, this story is greater than Harvard,” Jolly said, “and what the screenshots show he said, according to Huffington Post, which are not getting enough play, is this young man posted ‘kill the effing Jews,’ he posted the n-word repeatedly, and he referred to one of these shoot-em-up video games and suggested that they should put a map of that on his high school.”
Jolly then made his most inflammatory comment saying that the comments from Kashuv are “the social media postings we see of a shooter.”
The MSNBC contributor then ran with his ridiculous statement.
“And we ask where were the signs? See something, say something,” he said. “We see a shooter, and then we go back and we look at social media posts, and this is exactly what we see. I understand the sensitivity towards this young man because of Parkland, I’m not a mental health professional to assess him on those grounds, but what I am suggest —”
“But congressman, is that too far, can you make a leap like that?” Ruhle interjected.
“No, it is not, Stephanie, because if an incident were to occur, and again I’m not saying it will with this young man, but these are the exact posts we find of people, particularly those who advocate for gun, for stronger gun rights,” Jolly said.
He went on to say that Kashuv “also deserves a closer look to whether somebody with this profile should be able to purchase a firearm under the gun laws in the United States.”
Kashuv has acknowledged his comments and done his best to own up to them. He says they are what a naive 16-year-old boy thinks are jokes.
“The person who wrote those things is not who I am today,” he told Fox News’ Ed Henry in an interview.
He later said, “I’ve matured tremendously. I no longer am in the friend group where we act immaturely like idiotic children. I have condemned racism in the public life I didn’t ask for. I never wanted and never, quite frankly, wanted to be in the position. I’m not an entertainer, I’m not an actor. I’m a kid who went through a tragedy and saw the suffering that the community went through and doesn’t want to see it for any other community. That’s what I’m fighting for.”
If anybody tells you they have no regrets from when they were 16, they are lying. Kashuv’s comments are horrendous, but he has shown great character in owning up to them publicly and doing his best to earn redemption.
Jolly, on the other hand, is a grown man who went on national television and insinuated that a Parkland school shooting survivor sounds like he could be a shooter because he made some dumb comments and advocates for gun rights. Given a chance to back off his extreme statement, Jolly simply kept going and doubled down.
Jolly is a 46-year-old man and a former congressman. Kyle Kashuv is an 18-year-old kid who survived a school shooting. One is showing class in the wake of these comments being revealed to the world while the other is acting like a whiney child. You can go ahead and figure out which one is which on your own.
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