MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan inferred that those opposing a recent speech by President Joe Biden may be White supremacists this week. Hasan’s comments followed Biden’s speech at a historically Black college in which the president blamed White supremacy as the number one terrorist threat facing the country.
The MSNBC host echoed an increasingly common sentiment among a number of left-wing causes. Discussion around racism and the assumed role of White supremacy increased dramatically after the death of George Floyd in 2020.
Hasan wrote on Twitter Monday that if “you’re not a White supremacist, you shouldn’t get really annoyed or upset when the president condemns White supremacists.”
Hasan’s comment followed Biden’s speech at Howard University’s graduation in which the president called White supremacy a “poison.”
Biden said that he came to the university to “continue the work to redeem the soul of this nation.”
The president also said that “American history has not always been a fairy tale.”
This is not the first time that the cable news host has courted controversy.
Hasan previously tweeted that as the country approached the 2021 marking of two decades since the Sept. 11 attacks, “think about the 100s and 1000s of op-eds, essays, books and documentaries about Islamic extremism and ‘what’s wrong with Muslims and ‘where are the moderate Muslims.”
Hasan previously worked for Al Jazeera, which is based out of Qatar prior to coming to MSNBC.
In 2009, the British journalist spoke at a mosque and likened non-Muslims to “animals.”
He also said that those who did not share the Islamic faith had an “infirmity.”
Hasan used negative terms to describe homosexuals and made negative collective statements about Jews. The host shared several events with speakers that promulgated anti-Semetic beliefs, including one who said that Jews “control” universities.
Hasan apologized for his previous statements in 2019, one year before being hired by MSNBC.
Hasan recently tweeted about the recent death of Jordan Neely on a New York subway. Hasan shared a news story about former Marine Daniel Penny, who restrained Neely after an outburst on the subway, stating that “this is what White privilege looks like.”
Unhappy with already getting what he wants, Mehdi Hasan finds a way to still be offended. pic.twitter.com/gfK9sucvS1
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 14, 2023