Megyn Kelly hit back at CNN host Chris Cuomo's comparison between saying the N-word and drawing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Thursday night, claiming that Cuomo simply doesn't understand the issue.
"Once again, he doesn't get the position, which is the reason the speech is so important is because it is in defiance of somebody trying to impose their ideals on the American people," Kelly said, speaking in defense of activist Pamela Geller's recent draw Muhammad contest and her quest to place advertisements featuring the winning cartoon on Washington D.C. buses.
The Fox News host maintained that Cuomo has consistently been wrong on the free speech front, pointing to a tweet he sent earlier this month that proclaimed that "hate speech is excluded from protection" under the U.S. Constitution — a claim that Politifact has also ruled "false."
"The question is offensive to whom, Chris? There is a group that finds this offensive, and there are tens if not hundreds of millions who have no issue with it whatsoever," Kelly said, later adding, "There's no exception for what's considered blasphemous and religious groups don't get to tell us what's offensive speech and what isn't."
Guest Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, added that there's a key difference between using the N-word and Geller's Muhammad cartoons.
"We don't use the N-word because it is a toxic ... association with the culture of racial oppression in this country," he said. "These ads she wants to run on the D.C. buses, they may be offensive, but they're not gratuitously offensive."
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Kelly's comments came after an interview Thursday between Cuomo and Geller during which he made a comparison between the N-word and drawing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
“The N-word gets treated the same way that depictions of Muhammad does,” Cuomo said. “We don’t say it because it’s offensive, not because legally I can’t.”
Geller dismissed that comparison and called it a “dishonest narrative,” defending cartoons of Muhammad as political speech that is permissible under the First Amendment. While Cuomo didn’t dispute that fact, he questioned the wisdom behind it.
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