WaPo's Capehart: Trump’s Use of Term 'Western Civilization' Triggered Me

It "gives comfort to ISIS."

Washington Post opinion columnist and MSNBC weekend show Jonathan Capehart declared Saturday that President Trump's speech in Poland, wherein he used the term "Western civilization," in fact "triggered" him. 

"We've heard lots of clips of the president's speech in Warsaw," Capehart said on MSNBC's AM Joy. "To my ear the one thing that was left out, we didn't play this clip, but in this whole run of things, talking about Western civilization, he threw in there [that] we write symphonies. And that's what triggered the alarm bells for me that this was not just some speech about democratic values or Western civilization. This was about something else."

"Am I wrong in making this parallel between Steve King, President Trump and white nationalism?"

Yes, yes you are in fact wrong, Capeheart. RCP adds:

Yahoo! News anchor Bianna Golodryga said Trump separating America from terrorists plays "right into the playbook of Vladimir Putin."

"Well, there is an uncomfortable thing you are saying," Golodryga told Capehart. "Specifically, what strikes me, this president, unlike his predecessors doesn't go into these meetings and doesn't go into these speeches focusing on democracy and democratic values. And that's the easiest way to differentiate us from the Russians, from Putin, what have you. So this focus on civilizations, us versus them. Terrorists versus the civilized world, that writes symphonys, what have you, plays right into Vladimir Putin's playbook."

MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance said the Warsaw speech will be read as a "clash of civilizations" and the "ultimate fulfillment" of Osama bin Laden's ideology.

"That speech was the ultimate fulfillment of Osama bin Laden's ideology of the belief that there would be a clash of civilizations between what he views as his crazy version of Islam and the West. Bin Laden believed in Samuel Huntington's clash of civilization," Nance said.   [...]

"That's one of the things that trouble me the most in that speech by the president is that he is setting up this clash of civilizations," Capehart said. "He's done this thing that George W. Bush avoided after 9/11, President Obama studiously avoided in his eight-year presidency to not give any comfort to those folks in al Qaeda, in ISIS, anyone in the Muslim world who wants to get converts because the United States and the West is trying to destroy them."

The issue, of course, is that Western civilization, its history and contributions to humanity, have been perverted in academia, media, the arts, and popular culture. The end result is a current generation that hasn't the foggiest notion what its own culture stands for. Worse, they've replaced it with one anathema to the core principles of the Enlightenment and liberalism upon which Western culture is predicated. 

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