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CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield: “There have been Jewish terrorist attacks. Should we therefore ask no Jews to please apply for a visa?”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:41 pm

[guest post by Dana]

No matter what you think of Trump’s ridiculous proposal, I think we can all agree that Banfield proves that putting on a pair of glasses doesn’t make you smart:


45 Responses to “CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield: “There have been Jewish terrorist attacks. Should we therefore ask no Jews to please apply for a visa?””

  1. Oy vey.

    Dana (86e864)

  2. I can think of only one Jewish terrorist attack , and that was decades ago in Israel (Hebron, iirc)
    And the attack was condemned by political and religious leaders.

    So what plural is she talking about and when did it happen outside of Israel?

    seeRpea (e151be)

  3. there was another instance by the jdl, in 1985, against someone named odeh, it’s memorable because it is so rare.

    narciso (732bc0)

  4. Donald Trump has caused the media to go insane and I love it. Thank you Donald. Let me put it this way Patterico, if it bothers the media this much he must be right. They’re going bat-crap crazy there’s even death threats now.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  5. we need a better quality of whore shoved in our faces at the airport i think

    happyfeet (831175)

  6. Ok, I am now dumber for having watched that. Thanks, Dana.

    nk (dbc370)

  7. it’s a very short drive, to that point,

    narciso (732bc0)

  8. I think the most recent one was that Hasidim stabbing the marcher in the Alphabet march, and not even my most militantly liberal friends think that was endemic of anything other than that man’s divorce from reality.

    MrScience_ (cd3d49)

  9. This country has become so “sensitive” its become senseless.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  10. Banfield is a purveyor of verbal flatulence in the grand tradition…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  11. The JDL was a New York phenomenon, manifesting the insanity of that city in the person of Meir Kahane. Kahane eventually ran off to Israel where the Israelis jailed Kahane for plotting to bomb Palestinians and banned him and his party from the Knesset.

    nk (dbc370)

  12. applause, Col.

    mg (31009b)

  13. re #3: was the murder definitively determined to be a JDL operation? and that was even longer ago that the Hebron attack (which was by a loner, not a group affiliated action).

    re #8: i suppose that would qualify as a terror attack, but as you mentioned the person who did it did so alone and is not of sound mind. I think we would all agree that is not the type of “Terror” Assleigh was talking about.

    seeRpea (e151be)

  14. So, are Banfield and Marie Harf related?

    So what plural is she talking about and when did it happen outside of Israel?

    Banfield can’t answer that question on the grounds that she couldn’t find Israel on a map of Israel.

    tops116 (d094f8)

  15. CNN used to be Clinton News Network. Now maybe Crazy News Network.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  16. CNN… the Cee U Next Tuesday News Network

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  17. I denounce myself!!!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  18. I thought it was a settled fact that there haven’t been ANY Muslim terror attacks. Are they sticking to this lunatic assertion or not?

    Gerald A (949d7d)

  19. Goes around, Ted Cruz, born in Canada, comes around Ashleigh Banfield, likewise.

    Although Banfield is a useless tit, and Cruz is the next President.

    Can you please deport Cruz back here to replace that useless arsehole Justin Trudeau?

    Fred Z (5db617)

  20. This is simply an example of blaming the victim.

    One of the hazards of attending a university on a student loan.

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  21. yes, it’s all workplace violence, and crock pot malfunctions,

    narciso (732bc0)

  22. Is Trump’s proposal in fact ridiculous?

    Probably not. The Supreme Court has held consistently, for more than a century, that constitutional protections that normally benefit Americans and people on American territory do not apply when Congress decides who to admit and who to exclude as immigrants or other entrants. This is called the plenary power doctrine. The Court has repeatedly turned away challenges to immigration statutes and executive actions on grounds that they discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, and political belief, and that they deprive foreign nationals of due process protections…


    Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago Law School

    Eric Posner’s trade is legal instruction at the same schoolhouse where our preezy likes to brag he was a “Constitutional law perfesser.” Although I’ve read various comments on the interwebs that Obama’s lectures largely distilled down to how a good Alinskyite could use creative arguments about the equal protection clause to invalidate every other part of the Constitution. I generally don’t believe much I read on the intertubes but that has the ring of truth to it.

    So Posner says Trump’s proposal isn’t flat-out ridiculous. I’m not endorsing Trump’s idea, but why assume he’s advocating something unconstitutional? Because the leftist crowd who wants to deprive you of your 2nd Amendment and 5th Amendment rights by empowering the government to create secret government lists of unpersons sez so?

    Steve57 (a13395)

  23. I was be even more aggressive than Trump, I would ban ALL IMMIGRATION for the next 8 years until we fix up our Immigration System, our Social Welfare System and pass laws which FORCE people to assimilate or GTFOH.

    Rodney King's Spirit (2b29eb)

  24. it’s long since time for Tommy, to be questioning MSNBC’s ethics,

    narciso (732bc0)

  25. … and the reason we have Trump is because of the monumental failure Democrats and Country Club Republicans in running the Country.

    What you have here is a gigantic lunge towards the “nationalistic right” by people who have been shit on for years. Since 1989 “read my lips no new taxes.”

    And if Trump loses it will only get worse until the criminal imbalances in this “Democracy” are addressed.

    Imbalances which are borne of envy based politics and policies as well as the corrosive effects of political correctness on its non-adherents.

    In my view it must get worse before it gets better. Only conflict creates change and sadly, Trump might be a better way of bringing this conflict to the forefront than the alternatives. He gives voice to the “shit upon” even if he is not POTUS material by my standards.

    Rodney King's Spirit (2b29eb)

  26. If Ashleigh wants to get smarter, it’s going to take a brain transplant. On the other hand, it’s not like she needs a high powered model to improve her smarts. A brain donated from a babbling bag lady down on Broadway in Los Angeles would give Ashleigh at least a 50% increase in brain power.

    Comanche Voter (1d5c8b)

  27. Read ’em and weep:

    Latest unscientific Internet poll has Trump at over 75% approval on his immigration proposal, 22% opposed, less than 2% undecided. Over 5800 responses.

    Trump was at about 33% when the last professional polls were taken, the next one will likely put him over 40% maybe well over.

    ropelight (42d4f7)

  28. That racist needs to check her white privilege.

    rudytbone (2c3464)

  29. I think it is necessary that babies wear a crash-helmet at all times. Her mother must have dropped her on her head when she was a baby.

    jorgen (781c24)

  30. The politicians, the pundits, and the presstitutes hate Donald Trump and have been trying to blackball him almost from day one. Yet, no matter what they say or do the Donald’s support from the people continues to grow stronger. It must be frustrating for the self-designated opinion leaders to find themselves so powerless to influence the great unwashed.

    Oh, well, that’s just the sort of thing which is bound to happen sooner or later when you let people decide for themselves who their leaders will be.

    ropelight (42d4f7)

  31. I can think of only one Jewish terrorist attack , and that was decades ago…

    A future Israeli prime minister organized the King David Hotel bombing.

    (Yes, of course Banfield is a fool.)

    scrutineer (b7d257)

  32. When people like Banfield refer to “a really ugly time in our history,” they mean everything that happened before Bill Clinton’s election.

    scrutineer (b7d257)

  33. The idiocy of moral equivalency and moral relativism? Let me guess. Banfield probably is a liberal.

    Ding, ding, ding.

    That guess is correct!

    Mark (f713e4)

  34. 8 USC 1182(f) grants the president the absolute power to block any class of immigrant and/or visitor and/or individual he wants to for as long as he wants to. By proclamation.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  35. 33. The King David hotel in Jerusalem was the British military headquarters at the time it was bombed.

    And from an earlier post “but as you mentioned the person who did it did so alone and is not of sound mind. I think we would all agree that is not the type of “Terror” Assleigh was talking about.”

    Not of sound mind was/is the first response of Muslim defenders when Islamic radicals carry out an attack in the USA. The attack at the El Al counter (I think it was LAX) and the attack on the Jewish center (I think it was in Washington State) come to mind.

    Davod (f3a711)

  36. I can think of only one Jewish terrorist attack , and that was decades ago…

    A future Israeli prime minister organized the King David Hotel bombing.

    Aside from the small number of incidents and the fact that they are well in the past, those events cannot be equated to Islamic terror. Those events, like those of some other terrorist groups, e.g. the Irish Republican Army, were, first of all, essentially internal in nature, not international, although the IRA had external support. That alone differentiates them from Islamic terror. Second, those terror incidents were not the result of some ideology that was intrinsic to those ethnic/religious groups. Third Islamic terror targets anyone who is not of their religion.

    The only things with any similarity to Islamic terror in recent history were the Soviet backed communist terror groups of the 70’s and 80’s, such as the German Red Army Faction and the Italian Red Brigades, because they were part of an international ideology, and got support from a foreign power, the Soviet Union. The IRA also had some Soviet connections IIRC. But that just demonstrates that communism is an evil ideology.

    Critically, none of the above had the second element and third elements, which is why thinking about blocking Jews, Irish, Germans etc. would have made absolutely no sense. The lunatic liberals keep trying to create these false equivalences.

    Gerald A (949d7d)

  37. 25% of Muslims openly support terrorism to advance Islamic values, according to a recent survey. 25% of 1.2 billion people is 300 million people, which was the entire population of the United States on 9/11.

    You want to tell me about the Jews again?

    CrustyB (69f730)

  38. @Davod, Fair point, but how should we categorize an attack of that kind? David Ben-Gurion responded by calling Irgun “the enemy of the Jewish people.” When a splinter group starts shooting up the military and civil authority, is it an act of war or terrorism? By the way, Irgun also bombed the British embassy in Rome later that year.

    @Gerald A, I basically agree with the distinctions you make.

    scrutineer (b7d257)

  39. An attack against a military or paramilitary target, or a civilian enterprise which directly supports the military and paramilitary, is not terrorism although it may be unlawful warfare. Terrorism is violence directed against soft targets, i.e. defenseless civilians, in order to coerce their government to comply with the terrorists’ demands.

    nk (dbc370)

  40. nk, that’s how I ordinarily would define “terrorism,” too, but for some reason I balk at categorizing the Weather Underground bombing of the Pentagon as merely “unlawful warfare.” The strict definition probably makes the most sense, though.

    scrutineer (b7d257)

  41. Is there a commonly held principle and allegiance that permits legitimate classification of all individuals under a single umbrella?


    Then your prejudice is showing and your poorly constructed argument based on a false premise doesn’t improve your standing.

    n.n (e7c48d)

  42. when youre taking this much flak on all sides it can only mean one thing:


    sound awake (6ad1ec)

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