A case in point, presented here for your viewing pleasure: one Kassem Eid, a Syrian who survived a chemical weapons attack back in 2013, whom Baldwin invited on her show to discuss America’s strike on a Syrian airbase.
The bombing, which was carried out by the U.S. Navy using cruise missiles, came in response to a sarin gas attack carried out against civilians in the city of Khan Sheikhoun. Eid, who now lives in Germany and has become a prominent voice drawing attention to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s atrocities against his own citizens, was overjoyed that the dictator finally had a reckoning after so many years of empty threats from the Obama administration, and wanted to thank Donald Trump personally for authorizing the raid.
I saw the news. I cried out of joy. I thanked god. I don’t know. I was overwhelmed. We’ve been asking for protection. We’ve been asking for consequences for more than six years I cried out of joy. I thanked god. I don’t know. I was overwhelmed. We’ve been asking for protection. We’ve been asking for consequences for more than six years and today for the first time it happened, for the very first time we see Assad held accountable just for once, held accountable for his crimes against humanity. I was overwhelmed. I felt grateful for President Trump. I felt grateful for the United States. I felt grateful for each and every person who lobbied and kept on talking until someone actually listened. I felt very, very grateful.
Apparently that was too much for Baldwin, who had an expression on her face during Eid’s diatribe that reminded me of how Teresa Heinz Kerry looked that time she ordered a bowl of Wendy’s chili. Not wanting to let that pass, Baldwin tried to bring Eid back down to Earth by using. . .the power of Hillary Clinton’s words?
There are people in America and I hear you supportive of President Trump and so many people are, Democrats and Republicans, but there are also people over here in America saying all right, clearly President Trump is motivated as we all have compassion for these just horrible images of, you know, these babies who were killed, but at the same time this is a man who, you know, doesn’t want Syrians to come into this country with this refugee ban. Let me just play some sound. Hillary Clinton weighed in.
CLINTON: We cannot in one breath speak of protecting Syrian babies and in the next close America’s doors to them.
Translation: That xenophobic bigot Donald Trump couldn’t possibly care about you! Now. . .how does that make you feel?
Eid, however, was having none of it.
With all due respect. . .I didn’t see each and every person who was demonstrating after the travel ban. I didn’t see you three days ago when people were gassed to death, when civilians were gassed to death. I didn’t see you in 2013 when 1,400 people were gassed to death. I didn’t see you raising your voice against President Obama’s inaction in Syria that led us refugees, that made us refugees get kicked out of Syria. If you really care about refugees, if you really care about helping us, please, help us stay in our — in our country. We don’t want to come to United States. We want to stay in our country, with all due respect. This is hypocrisy. If you really care, if you really care, help us stay in our country. We don’t want to become refugees. We want to stay in our country. Help us establish safe zones.
You mean Syrians would rather not be ripped away from their ancestral homes and forced to move into substandard public housing in some part of Detroit that got abandoned years ago because of crime and gang violence? What a shocker!
This episode has been really fun, because rarely do you see such a blatant example of a narrative being manufactured–and it’s even more rare to see it being smacked down so mercilessly. From the dyspeptic look on Baldwin’s face while Eid sings Trump’s praises to his calling out of Obama’s empty rhetoric, every moment is like a delicious nibble of a Luxe Doughnut, leaving you sad only because it had to eventually end. But if there is a room in heaven for obsessive media bias watchdogs, I’m sure this clip will be there, playing again and again for all eternity.
Thank you, Kassem Eid. Thank you.