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'Look at All the GOOD That Came From the Charleston [Mass Shooting],' Says Oblivious Congressman

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | February 7, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | February 7, 2017 |

Here’s Wisconsin Republican Representative Sean Duffy — who I understand only owns his House seat by virtue of unconstitutional gerrymandering — talking about why it’s important that Donald Trump institute the Muslim ban. In the course of doing so, however, he downplays the threat of white supremacist and right-wing extremism, saying that there’s no “beating heart” of white extremism, and that incidents like the one that took place in a Canada mosque are rare and apparently unworthy of our attention.

It’s a mind-boggling interview, which is apparent even on mute from the face of CNN’s anchor Alisyn Camerota, but the false equivalence completely jumps the shark when the anchor mentions Dylan Roof, the white supremacist who killed nine black people during their church service. “Look at the good things that came from it,” he says.

So. Much. Good.

Also noteworthy is the fact that Alisyn Camerota seems to go to great pains to avoid suggesting that some of the violence perpetuated by white supremacists has been inspired by our current President, but I guess we can’t properly vet him.

“Death and murder” happen on both sides, but “there’s a difference,” this aspiring Jonah Ryan seems to say, between people who die in terrorist attacks perpetuated by Muslims and those perpetuated by white supremacists, although he can’t seem to elucidate that difference, except to say that a lot of good came out of the death of nine black people during a church service.