‘You Didn’t Let Me Finish My Point’: CNN Panel Heats Up Over Anti-Israel College Protests


Julianna Frieman Contributor
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A CNN panel heated up Tuesday morning over anti-Israel protests at college campuses as conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg clashed with a fellow guest.

New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers cleared out clusters of pro-Palestine protest encampments at Columbia University on Thursday; however, the demonstration reconvened and continued days later. CNN panelists Goldberg and Lulu Garcia-Navarro debated the protests on “CNN This Morning.”

“I think the antisemitism stuff, particularly Passover, is a big issue, legitimate issue to talk about,” Goldberg said. “It’s a serious issue, and I think there’s a lot of antisemitic stuff going on out there. But when you’re saying you’re Hamas, you’re praising Hamas, you’re praising Hezbollah, um, when you’re saying you’re gonna globalize the intifada —”

“Excuse me, I’m so sorry. I’m, uh, no, I’m sorry, there —” Garcia-Navarro interrupted.

“Let me finish my point,” Goldberg replied. “It means you’re pro-terrorist.”

“I am not disputing that,” Garcia-Navarro said. “What I am saying, yeah, but what I’m saying… they are selective, um, quotes that are being taken off and not from students themselves in the encampments in Columbia that they have said this. There are Jewish students who are actually part of this. Um, and they are being used to —” Garcia-Navarro continued as Goldberg began to shake his head. “Wait, let me just —”

“You didn’t let me finish my point. But, but, go ahead,” Goldberg said.

“No, that’s true. And, and I just would say more broadly. People are calling for action like Representative Gottheimer. What are they actually calling for?” Garcia-Navarro asked. “You already had police go on —”

“Well, hold on,” CNN host Kasie Hunt interjected. “If there are, if the people in those encampments — whether they’re the Columbia students or not — if the university can clear them from that encampment, then that is something the university can do.”

Garcia-Navarro told Goldberg that the evocation of NYPD officers was a “catalyst” of the ongoing demonstrations. She said that pro-Palestine protesters already feel “oppressed” and suggested that they were “inspired” by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests following the death of George Floyd in 2020. (RELATED: ‘Canary In The Coal Mine’: CNN Host Slams ‘Dangerous’ Anti-Israel Protests On College Campus)

“I question the wisdom of having a double standard that says it’s okay to shout hateful terror, pro-terrorist things at Jews, but you can’t, you have to have total —”

“No one is endorsing that,” Garcia-Navarro cut in.

“A lot of people are endorsing that,” Goldberg said. “A lot of people are condemning it.”

“No one here,” Garcia-Navarro said.

“Yeah, a lot of people aren’t condemning it,” Goldberg said. “And I, look, I agree with you. Universities and the Democratic Party and the left have a huge problem trying to figure out how to cut this Gordian Knot that they’ve created for themselves. But that doesn’t mean I have to sort of condone or not call out — I’ve spent, I got a lot of scars from calling out horrible standbys on the right over the last ten years. I call out antisemitism and bigotry all the time on the right. I don’t hear a lot of that from sort of Squad-adjacent type people calling out this stuff on the left.”