Before the rally at the University of Illinois was canceled due to protests, Donald Trump was preparing to give a rally address. Outside — just like today’s earlier rally in St. Louis, Missouri — protests were growing, traffic was out of control, and the scene was chaotic enough to warrant live coverage on the major cable news networks.
Also on those networks were Trump’s spokeswoman Katrina Pierson and Daily Beast contributor Dean Obeidallah. Obeidallah is a Muslim, and was invited on in light of Trump’s comments this week that “Islam hates us.” As the eventual cancelation proved, sentiments like that have been very incendiary.
Pierson went first, defending her boss and calling the “culture” of Islam the problem. Next, the baton was passed to Obeidallah, who pointed out that polls indicating that people in predominantly Muslim countries dislike America show nothing different than polls that say the same things about how Germans feel about Americans.
Watch above as the two very different pundits go at it. The division in their viewpoints is especially noteworthy given the cancelation that happened moments later.
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