Donald Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul and potential Republican Presidential candidate, appeared on Fox and Friends Monday and ripped into Pamela Geller’s “Draw Muhammad” free speech event in Garland, Texas, which came under fire by two Islamic terrorists.
The purpose of the event – sponsored by Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) – was to defend free speech and remain defiant in the face of Islamic totalitarians.
Nevertheless, Trump blamed Geller for “taunting people,” and asked why she would sponsor an event that encouraged reckless things like drawing cartoons.
“I watched Pam prior, and it looked like she’s just taunting everybody,” Said Trump. “What is she doing drawing Muhammad? And it looks like she’s actually taunting people – and it’s disgusting that it happened and everything else. But why are they doing drawing Muhammad? Isn’t there something else they can draw.”
Trump elaborated further, following the mainstream media’s lead and again blaming Geller– not the shooters– for “taunting” the radical Muslims who sought to mass-murder her and other free speech activists:
I just say, they can’t do something else? They have to be in the middle of Texas doing something on Muhammad and insulting everybody? It’s disgusting what happened, and we have to be very strong, but it looks to me like she’s somebody who is just taunting them.
After ripping into Geller for promoting an event in which Muhammad cartoons were drawn, Trump asserted, “I’m one that believes in free speech, probably more than she does.”
“But what’s the purpose of this? She’s taunting them,” he added. “It’s very risky for her; I don’t know, maybe she likes risk. But what the hell is she doing, and what is the purpose of it?”
But Trump has in the past warned about the dangerous ideologies that are purportedly promoted within the fringes of Islam.
In 2011, he appeared on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor and answered whether there is a “Muslim problem in the world.”
“I came out very closely against the [ground zero] mosque being built,” he said. “There’s something out there that brings a level of hostility that I’ve never seen in any religion,” he added.
The business mogul told CBN News regarding the Koran in 2011: “There’s something there that teaches some very negative vibe.. When you look at people blowing up all of the streets of some of the countries over in the Middle East.” He continued, “You have the view that the Koran is all about love and then you have the view that there’s a lot of hate in the Koran.”
Watch the segment below: