After Arsalan Iftikhar, a prominent human rights lawyer and editor, explained at length to CNN’s perpetually clueless Don Lemon why it’s dangerous “to conflate the actions of a very few to a population of 1.7 billion people” when discussing the attack on Charlie Hebdo, Lemon followed up with a stat claiming 16 percent of French citizens support ISIS.
“They obviously have sympathies for that ideology,” Iftikhar said. “I don’t think that would mean they would justify the killing of innocent civilians or murdering people on the streets.”
Unsatisfied with Iftikhar’s response, Lemon says, “I just want to get more specific. Do you support ISIS?”
“…Did you just ask me if I support ISIS?” Iftikhar asked in apparent disbelief.
“Mmm hmm,” Lemon nodded in confirmation, yet again blinded by the sheer offensiveness of his question.
“I just answered your question. I said that obviously these 16% of people support the ideology, but I don’t think that would necessarily extrapolate to supporting of killing of innocent people. You can have sympathy for an ideology and not support the mass murdering of people.”