Geller to CNN’s Cuomo: ‘They’re Going to Come for You Too, Chris’

Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day,” Pamela Geller reacted to reports that the terror suspect fatally shot by police in Boston this week was initially planning on beheading her, which included a heated exchange with host Chris Cuomo.

When Geller said, “I am under 24-hour guard now. Anybody that speaks critically of Islam will find themselves in this position, and it’s not new.”

Cuomo asked, “Have you thought — maybe I went too far. This was not worth it, and I am going to change what I do now?”

Geller answered, “Drawing an innocuous cartoon warrants chopping my head off? That’s too far? I understand this. They are going to come for you, too, Chris. They are coming for everybody. And the media should be standing with me, particularly in light of Foley. By submitting to Islamic law, that’s what you are doing.”

Cuomo continued, “Why go slight for slight with the Muslims? Why not do what we often teach as a function of virtue when we are dealing with savagery, which is show that we are better than this. Not show that we can poke them in the eye in a way they don’t like?”

Geller shot back, “That’s not what you’re doing. You are submitting, you are kowtowing. If you draw a stick figure and say it is Mohammed, they will come and kill you, and so you say, OK we won’t draw it. CNN won’t show it.”

Cuomo protested, “I did show the cartoon after Charlie Hebdo. But I also understand the security concerns of CNN as an organizations, and you should as well.”

Geller insisted, “People need to understand the jihadist doctrine, and that it is coming for you. Mainstream Muslims should be standing with me shoulder to shoulder in defense of free speech. It is absurd, your position that we should abridge our right to free speech for a vicious and radical ideology.”

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