As the backlash against the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed grows, the right-wing find themselves trying harder and harder to defend it. Earlier this week, Andrea Tantaros of the Fox crew called Mohamed “dumb.”
Now, according to bigot and racist extraordinaire, Pamela Gellar, the whole thing was a set up to make Islamophobia look bad.
Ahmed Mohamed made headlines after he was arrested for bringing a clock to school. The teachers knew it was a clock, but since his last name was Mohamed, he was fair game. As a result he was arrested, interrogated and set free.
Now, Mohamed is meeting the president, NASA officials, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and others. In typical Texas fashion, they tried to do something stupid and racist and it blew up in their face.
Now, conservatives who have to attack everything President Obama does — it’s a core clause of their contract — are running to find some way to spin this PR disaster into something that they can cling to.
So bizarrely, they’ve taken the national security angle.
Andrea Tantaros, who accused Mohamed of being “dumb” because he brought the clock to school in the first place, accused President Obama of making it a security risk by “elevating this story to national attention.” She’s been joined by another clueless sounding board on the right-wing, Pamela Geller, who believes the situation is a plot by President Obama to undermine national security.
In an article for Breitbart, Geller warned that the story was “pure agitprop most fatal” and, “‘If you see something, say something’ is now racism.”
While “agitprop” is a nice, ominous-sounding ten-dollar word, that she doesn’t understand how it’s used shouldn’t surprise anyone. Agitprop is a type of highly politicized art. Last I checked this was a clock, not a book. If Geller can’t tell the difference, that’s her problem.
Geller continued, claiming that it’s “clearly been a setup” to weaken national security:
The whole thing has clearly been a setup, and its effect will be to make Americans less safe. If you ever see a Muslim with a suspicious object, remember the lesson of Ahmed Mohamed: To say something would be ‘racism.’ That could end up being the epitaph of America and the free world.
Another right-winger, Jim Hanson, vice president of the anti-Muslim Center for Security Policy, joined Geller and Tantaros when he called the clock “half a bomb” according to The Intercept:
It looks exactly like a number of IED triggers that were produced by the Iranians and used to kill U.S. troops in the war in Iraq.
If you’re ignorant of electronics, any device can resemble an IED. That goes double so if you’re ignorant of electronics and bigoted enough towards Muslims that you assume someone named “Mohamed” is going to be wielding an IED to begin with.
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