- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Young Turks Network host Hasan Piker on Thursday doubled down on controversial comments he made declaring America “deserved” the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

A shortened clip of the comments made by Mr. Piker, host of “The Breakdown,” during his Twitch livestream this week sparked outrage on social media. The 14-second clip, shared by several prominent conservatives, showed Mr. Piker reacting to a video of Republican Rep. Dan Cranshaw talking to podcaster Joe Rogan about America’s military efforts in the Middle East.

“America deserved 9/11, dude, f– it. I’m saying it,” Mr. Piker said in the clip.

The remark spurred an uproar on Twitter, and Mr. Piker responded by tweeting a longer clip of his rant, apparently to provide more context, in which he argued that America funded the perpetrators who carried out 9/11.

“Like, we f–ing totally brought it on ourselves, dude, holy s–,” he said in the video. “Look at the way that this dips—t is running his f–ing mouth, justifying genocide right now. How is anything I’m saying controversial? We f–ing fund the people who did 9/11 still to this day.”

Mr. Piker also defended himself on Twitter, writing, “americas foreign policy decisions has lead to 911. this would’ve been a controversial thing to say in 2001. stop being a f**king idiot.”

A second tweet added, “we supplied arms to and trained bin laden. we destabilized the region long before 911. and now we’re stuck in perpetual war, which dan crenshaw was trying to justify in that clip. it’s exactly this kind of attitude that has sent thousands of young men and women overseas to die.”

A second video circulating on social media showed Mr. Piker mocking Mr. Crenshaw’s war injury. The congressman, a former Navy Seal, served five tours of duty and lost his right eye from an IED explosion in Afghanistan.

“This guy has the understanding of foreign policy of, like, a 12-year-old,” Mr. Piker said in video. “Didn’t he go to war and, like, literally lose his eye because some mujahideen — a brave f–ing soldier — f–ed his eye hole with their [expletive]?”

Mr. Piker also attacked Mr. Crenshaw on Twitter, saying “right wing victim hood is a brain disease.”

Mr. Crenshaw responded late Wednesday, writing that Mr. Piker “seems to confuse ‘Improvised Explosive Device’ with some weird terrorist fantasy. Lol sorry for triggering you Hasan. You’re no Pete Davidson, stop trying so hard.”

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