Fox host Martha MacCallum: "Don't we need to recognize that both sides have gone insane in these attacks?"

Fox host Martha MacCallum: "Don't we need to recognize that both sides have gone insane in these attacks?"

MacCallum: "In order to get anywhere, don't we both need to recognize that both sides have gone insane in these attacks?"

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From the August 14 edition of Fox News' The Story with Martha MacCallum:

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MARTHA MACCALLUM (HOST): In discussing the hate from the left, I thought it was very interesting, the president was roundly criticized for saying that the tension and the escalation was coming from both sides, when he made that initial statement on Saturday.

You know, today he called out those hate groups by name, Jabari, but in terms of what we have seen and the hatred that exists from both of these groups, on the left, on the right, is that a fair statement and was the president wrong when he said that in the first place?

JABARI BRISPORT: Yes, he was wrong. It is not fair to equate the two groups with equal amounts of hate. One group hates Muslims, and Jews, and immigrants, and people because of who they are, the other group is looking to fight for a world in which all people are respected, no matter what type of person they are. So, you can label it as "hate," but they are not equal in any shape, form, or measure.

And, I watched the video of what he did today, it's too little, it's too late. He emboldened these groups with lots of his hateful rhetoric throughout his campaign. He took forever to come out against David Duke's endorsement, and he has yet to try and gut the support of these people.

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MACCALLUM: I think these are such fringe groups on both sides of the political spectrum, but in order to get anywhere, don't we both need to recognize that both sides have gone insane in these attacks?

BRISPORT: I think to get anywhere, you need to get to the root of the problem, which is this alt-right mentality. You don't see antifa anywhere outside the context of these protests, but you do see alt-right people like Dylann Roof shooting up churches without any provocation.

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