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Tavis Smiley

“There’s one part of the book that I came across that you and I disagree on, and you and I are almost always in agreement. But I think this is perhaps a charitable read, a generous read, when you suggest that even President Obama’s staunchest opponents, since we’re talking about the Tea Party, you argue in the book that even his staunchest opponents are Americans before they are Republicans; they are Americans before they are Tea Partiers.

Well, theoretically, of course, you’re right about that. I’m just not sure that I’m persuaded. It’s plausible, but not a persuasive argument for me.”

Tavis Smiley

“I believe that budgets are moral documents… And I’m not so sure that this is not anything more than an immoral document where the poor are concerned.

…I don’t understand why it is in this town that every debate about money always begins and ends with how we can further reward the rich and more punish the poor. I don’t get that.”

Tavis Smiley

Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali: “Somehow, the idea got into [radical Islamist’s] minds that to kill other people is a great thing to do and that they would be rewarded in the hereafter.”

Host Tavis Smiley: “But Christians do that every single day in this country.”

Ali: “Do they blow people up every day?”

Smiley: “Yes. Oh, Christians, every day, people walk into post offices, they walk into schools, that’s what Columbine is — I could do this all day long….There are folk in the Tea Party, for example, every day who are being recently arrested for making threats against elected officials, for calling people ‘nigger’ as they walk into Capitol Hill, for spitting on people. That’s within the political — that’s within the body politic of this country.”