Fox News host Tucker Carlson got into a heated debate with Faiz Shakir, the national political director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), while discussing the organization’s anti-Kavanaugh political ad during the former’s show Thursday night.
Earlier this week, the ACLU premiered an ad comparing Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh to convicted sexual offender Bill Cosby and former President Bill Clinton. The point of the ad was to persuade senators to vote against his confirmation. (RELATED: ACLU Launches Million Dollar Ad Campaign Likening Kavanaugh To Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton)
“I don’t care about the left and the right. I care about the principles that make this country worth living in, which you once defended and now urinate on. Why not put him next to Charles Manson?” snapped Carlson, who is the founder of The Daily Caller.
“In those instances there have been other men who have denied accusations and we’ve said, and all we’re saying is in this instance, like in other previous instances, women deserve an opportunity to be heard,” Shakir responded.
Carlson asked, “Let me ask you one thing that I wanted to ask you for a long time. The ACLU is the reason that the First Amendment was defined in the Clarence Brandenberg v. Ohio case … He was a klansman and you guys defended his right to speak and that’s why I have the right to say what I think is true. The ACLU has now decided they are not going to defend anybody they disagree with.”
To fight back, Shakir pointed out that the FBI mentioned that the ACLU is defending Milo Yiannopoulous and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Later on Thursday night, a former ACLU vice president criticized the organization for giving in to the “lunatic left” in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
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