Tucker Carlson Confronts USA Today Editor Over ‘What Bannon Shares With ISIL Leader’ Editorial

Fox’s Tucker Carlson tonight faced off with USA Today Deputy Editorial Editor David Mastio over the paper’s editorial titled “What Bannon shares with ISIL leader.” This is the lede for the editorial:

What does President Trump’s chief strategist have in common with the leader of the Islamic State terror group? Both Steve Bannon and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi share similar world views. Both harbor apocalyptic visions of a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West.

Carlson said that Bannon does not behead or execute people, nor does he use chemical weapons, so comparing the two of them is over the top.

Mastio argued the key problem with Bannon is that he “shares a dangerous idea that plays right into the idea of al-Baghdadi,” namely that he believes in there being a war between Islam and the West.

In particular, Carlson challenged him on calling out Bannon for labeling Islam a “religion of submission” and told him that he’s treating “actual truths as verboten.”

Mastio said that comment is part of a larger pattern with Bannon, telling Carlson he’s “dodging the central point” about Bannon’s overall worldview.

Carlson said he finds it “insane” for anyone to think that the U.S. is at war with Islam, but also challenged Mastio to provide proof that Bannon, or anyone else in the White House, has come out and said that.

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