Democratic presidential candidate Cenk Uygur was taken to the woodshed over his stand on Israel’s war with Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
The host of “The Young Turks” show could not deny the futility of his arguments against the formidable reality check delivered by author and British political commentator, Douglas Murray. In an appearance on “Piers Morgan Uncensored” Thursday, the two men engaged in a drawn-out debate that saw moments of hurled insults and heated accusations.
During the session that addressed the rising civilian casualties in the conflict sparked by the Hamas attack on Israel in October, Uygur lashed out at Murray as a “monster” for his alleged apathy toward Palestinians.
“Your other guest, I mean, I don’t know what kind of a creature he is. He’s a kind of low-grade thug, as far as I can see. He’s listened to nothing I’ve said,” Murray told host Piers Morgan.
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“Yeah, yeah, I know. Because I’m Muslim, that’s what you call all Muslims,” the Turkish-born American media host shot back.
“No, it’s not that at all. I just think that you’re very, I think you’re just a very low-rent racist. But anyway, let me just get onto you say you say, first of all, you say I don’t care about the death of Palestinian children. Yes, I do care. I care very deeply about it,” Murray responded.
“But I also know that the responsibility for their deaths lies on Hamas, which has misgoverned their society for the last 16 years and now has been leading the country into being in a war with Israel. So, yes, it’s on Hamas,” he asserted.
He went on to rip into Uygur’s pro-Palestinian narrative with some brutal truth.
“As far as I can see, you’re very ill-traveled as well as rather ill-lettered and ill-spoken. And I mentioned that I cover wars and go to wars because I happen to think myself that it’s worth seeing things with your own eyes, including things that you don’t particularly like. But you report the truth. I don’t know if you even leave your own bedroom, and I can tell already that you don’t because you’ve already said something that demonstrates you know nothing about this conflict,” Murray said, mincing no words.
“You have just demonstrated it in the following terms. You said that this is why we need to push for a two-state solution and give legitimacy to the Palestinian Authority. I’ll tell you something you don’t know, because I guess you spent no time in the West Bank, have you? I’ll tell you something, you probably don’t know,” Murray continued.
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“The Palestinian Authority, Fatah celebrated the 7th of October massacres. I’ll give you another fact that demonstrates you know nothing about this and clearly haven’t ever visited any Palestinians in the West Bank as I have. If there was an election tomorrow in the West Bank, the reason why there isn’t one is because if there was an election tomorrow in the West Bank, Hamas would win,” he contended.
“So your idea of a two-state solution, I’m afraid you are so out of date and you really should leave your bedroom, because in this region nobody thinks there is a two-state solution on the table because there is not a viable negotiating partner,” Murray continued as Uygur clearly felt inadequate to respond.
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But the reality check was not over.
“But I just want to make one other main point. You have gone on and on tonight throwing accusations out against the Jewish state, against me. It’s the sort of thing you do. I know you’re a sort of online pugilist and think you can run for office and good luck with that. But I’d just like to point out that you only really get animated if the Jews are involved. And I can tell that for the following reason. I mean, your surname’s Uygur, isn’t it? One million Uyghur Muslims in China have been put in concentration camps in the last decade. And, you know, people of your ilk never really care about that, do you? Because it’s not the Jews doing it. It’s the Chinese Communist Party,” Murray declared.
“At the moment, one million people who are in Pakistan at the moment, who are your fellow Muslims and who happen to be Afghan, and I don’t think you care about them, do you? One million Afghans are currently being forcibly deported from Pakistan to Afghanistan. You don’t care about that. You’re not riled up about that. You’re not riled up about what the Janjaweed are currently doing in Sudan, where thousands and thousands of people are being attacked by Islamist militia. You don’t care about any of that. You get exercised and you rile up what little base you have of malcontents because you’re riled up when the Jews do anything. It’s perfectly obvious,” he accused.
Uygur finally found a way to respond.
“First of all, my last name is Uygur, we were named after the Uyghur Turks in China, and we’ve talked about that on ‘The Young Turks.'” he said.
“I’d have thought you’d have spoken up then,” Murray quipped.
“Yes, Yes, we’ve talked about it endlessly. But you don’t know that. And you don’t watch the show,” Uygur replied.
“Nobody does watch your show,” Murray shot back as the political candidate went on to deliver his long response.
The scene devolved again though as Uygur yelled at Murray to “shut up” at one point and then insisted Murray doesn’t “care about dead Palestinian babies” because he doesn’t “care about human beings!”
“All you want is some sort of warmongering Israeli state, U.S. state, etc.!” he yelled. “Neocon, warhawk, Nazi, racist!”
Watch the full segment below via YouTube:
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