Independent presidential candidate Cornel West drew backlash after declaring his solidarity with “anybody who’s occupied” and referring to Hamas terrorists as “love warriors and freedom fighters,” as he attacked the “American empire” and “cowards in Washington, DC,” for their unwillingness to agree to a ceasefire in the Israeli-Hamas war.
Speaking at a pro-Palestinian rally in front of the UN headquarters in New York on Saturday, the Ivy League lunatic described being from a “people who, for 400 years, have been terrorized, traumatized, and hated.”
Fact check: every people on earth throughout history have been “terrorized, traumatized, and hated” by some other people at some point, including today. Another fact check: his claim of 400 years is a leftwing talking point and false measure of the time in which America held slaves.
West argued that he comes from a people that “dish out love warriors and freedom fighters every generation…we stand in solidarity with anybody who’s occupied, anybody who’s subjugated, anybody who’s exploited.”
He also told crowd members that no one should convince them that “because you love Palestinians and Palestinian babies, that you hate somebody else,” claiming it “just doesn’t follow.”
“We don’t hate Jewish brothers. We don’t hate Jewish sisters. We don’t hate Jewish siblings,” he said. However, “We loathe, we hate, a vicious Israeli occupation. We loathe, and we hate a vicious siege against Gaza.”
Fact check: the Israelis are not “occupying” Gaza.
Calling for an immediate ceasefire without demanding the return of hundreds of Israeli hostages of all ages, West demanded that the “cowards” in Washington, DC “get off the crack pipe. Wake up, see the humanity of precious Palestinian brothers and sisters.”
Where is West’s call for Hamas to see the humanity of precious Jewish brothers and sisters?
He also predictably accused the “American empire” of having “the nerve in this [U.N.] building to veto a humanitarian pause when our precious Palestinian brothers and sisters are being bombed.”
“What kind of country are we? What kind of people are we?” he asked.
West’s remarks were met with fierce backlash online.
“Pitiful. Former @Princeton professor @CornelWest calls Hamas terrorists ‘love warriors,’” wrote Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). “Has not a word to say for the 1200 Jews murdered, the women & little girls raped, or the infants burned alive in ovens.”
“Oh, nothing to see. Just @CornelWest preaching for Hamas,” wrote Tel Aviv-based international human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky.
“35 days ago, Hamas butchered, beheaded, blew up, terrorized, raped, shot, slaughtered, burned to death, stabbed, killed & kidnapped 1,400 Israeli men, women, & children, and @CornelWest just called them ‘love warriors & freedom fighters.’ I’d say that’s a wow,” former congressman and radio talker Joe Walsh weighed in.
“‘Love warriors and freedom fighters’ who rape women and torture children,” wrote Israeli policy expert Aviva Klompas.
“‘Love warriors and freedom fighters,’” wrote writer and filmmaker Andy Ostroy. “That’s how @CornelWest describes barbaric terrorist group Hamas which beat, tortured, shot, raped. killed, burned alive and/or beheaded 1400 Israelis and then kidnapped 240, including Americans.”
“Shame on him…” he added.