Firebrand Megyn Kelly has doubled down on Candace Owens’ defense of Harvard students who signed a letter blaming Israel for Saturday’s barbaric Hamas attack.
Over the weekend, the two debated whether or not it was appropriate to blacklist the students who get jobs because of their vehement anti-Israel activism.
Owens argued that students can change their positions over time and education, while Kelly argued that ordinary good people do not support terrorist organizations. Owens in turn called Kelly’s stance “disingenuous” and Kelly encouraged the Daily Wire host to enlist some pro-Palestinian protesters.
On Monday, the host of The Megyn Kelly Show blasted Owens for wading into the debate:
“Candace Owens felt the need to weigh in… and you know, I love that she’s willing to take them (the pro-Palestinian students) on. Really and truly. I’m looking forward to the Candace Owens internship program at The Daily Wire, and I’ve found some students she could hire because she really thinks they’re open to a change of heart,” Kelly said before rattling off. a few profiles of some extremist students.
She also elaborated on her original point that students in their early twenties should not be taught the difference between right-wing and terrorism.
‘When you’re seventeen, you don’t have a fully formed view of the world. But if you’re, say, in your early twenties, and you’re on a college campus, you know that murder is wrong. You’ve learned by then that it’s not okay to kill babies, little civilians sleeping in their beds.
‘That is bad. Most people have learned that by the time they get to college. “It doesn’t seem like the bar should be so high to require them to consider that knowledge before signing these letters,” she said.
Following the statement by a coalition of Harvard students, billionaire hedge fund manager and Harvard graduate Bill Ackman asked the university to release a list of the members of each of the 31 student organizations that had signed the statement.
He wrote that the purpose of releasing names would be “to ensure that none of us accidentally hire any of their members.”
“You should not be able to hide behind a corporate shield when making statements supporting the actions of terrorists, who, we now learn, have beheaded babies, among other unimaginably despicable acts,” Ackman wrote.
At least a dozen CEOs have publicly agreed with Ackman, saying they would also like to know the names so as not to accidentally hire a terrorist sympathizer.
Members of the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee protest for the liberation of Palestine. Since releasing the statement, the group has doubled down on the message, claiming they have received death threats
Bill Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management (pictured), led the charge to name the Harvard students who issued a statement blaming Israel for the Hamas attack.
In the wake of the anti-Israel statement, a number of leading donors have also withdrawn from their financial obligations to Harvard University.
High-profile online commentators have been debating for several days whether Ackman’s proposal is correct.
While some – like Megyn Kelly – agree with the CEOs, others – like Candace Owens and presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy – say they are not in favor of “cancelling” a group of students who signed a letter they may not agree with will be.
The text of the statement released in the immediate aftermath of the radical Palestinian terrorist attack that killed 1,400 Israelis and counting read in part: “We, the undersigned student organizations, hold the Israeli regime fully responsible for all unfolding violence.’
“For the past two decades, millions of Palestinians in Gaza have been forced to live in an open-air prison,” and “in the coming days, Palestinians will be forced to bear the full brunt of Israeli violence.”
The back-and-forth between Kelly and Owens began on Sunday when Kelly chastised Vivek Ramaswamy for espousing the position that “it is not productive for companies to blacklist children for being members of student groups that make stupid political statements.” do on campus.’
‘You are kidding me. They sided with terrorists who murdered children and old women. Are you not clear about this as someone who wants to be president?’ responded the host of The Megyn Kelly Show.
Ramaswamy argued that the right answer is educating college students: “Persuasion is better than force, let us stick to our principles,” he wrote.
Kelly shot back, “If they’re not ‘convinced’ that killing babies is wrong, there’s no ‘convincing.’ We don’t hire people who commit the murders, and we don’t hire people who cheer on the murderers while the atrocities are going on.”
The two conservative pundits feuded online over the Bill Ackman-led movement to blacklist students who signed a virulently anti-Israel statement.
Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy initially drew a response from Megyn Kelly when he argued that the ‘stupid’ students should be shown some mercy
At this point, Owens joined the fray with a lengthy response to Kelly, arguing that the anti-Israel students don’t actually “want babies to be killed.”
“Students are stupid,” Owens wrote, noting that she was once extremely pro-choice and that her beliefs have since undergone a radical shift.
“Being a liberal is not the same as taking to the streets cheering on murdered babies and blaming the victims for the murders,” Kelly wrote, saying Owens is free to staff her operation with as many student signatories as she want to.
The exchange continued, each message becoming more charged than the last.
Owens repeatedly argued that students should be given the opportunity to make mistakes and reverse their ideology as they become better educated. She wrote that she “hired almost exclusively reformed BLM activists to work for my charity, BLEXIT.”
“They actually turned out to be the most dedicated employees to the cause because the mission was personal to them.”
Kelly argued that supporting terrorists is nonsensical and something that anyone who knows the difference between right and wrong would not support.
“I’m going to hire those who have seen murdered grandmothers and entire families burned in their homes and could easily identify it as a terrorist attack that they would never in a million years defend,” she said.
Since the terrorist organization Hamas, once democratically elected by the Palestinian people to lead Gaza, attacked Israel last Saturday, slaughtering some 1,400 Israelis and wounding at least 3,600, death tolls on both sides have risen.
The Gaza Health Ministry reported that the Palestinian death toll has risen above 2,300, a figure that is sure to rise if Gaza residents are not free to leave the area Israel has expressly ordered them to leave.
Israel reported on Saturday that 258 of its soldiers had been killed so far.