Which This Week analyst used the Trayvon Martin shooting in
Florida as an excuse to slam religious conservative? It wasn't liberal
host George Stephanopoulos. Instead, Matt Dowd on Sunday said this: "We
want to be a Christian nation and we want to act in a Christian manner,
but, oh, by the way, we don't believe in turn the other cheek."
The former George W. Bush pollster mocked, "And we don't believe in love your enemy. And we believe in loading, loading citizens and basically give them an opportunity to shoot people." [MP3 audio here.]
Dowd, who often appears on ABC's Good Morning America to provide supposedly thoughtful analysis, complained that states which have strong gun rights laws, such as Florida, "are also the same states and the same legislatures and the same governors who sort of push for prayer in the school. To me, there's such an irony here."
Terry Moran, a co-anchor of Nightline, appeared on the This Week panel to trash Florida's Stand Your Ground law. He fumed, "It sabotaged our justice system...The Florida law destroys that American system."
The liberal cliches continued. Regarding the shooting of the teenager, another ABC veteran and panel member, Cokie Roberts, blamed the Second Amendment: "And this is where the problem with guns comes...I'm saying the gun is the problem. That's what kills you."
A partial transcript of the segment, which aired at 10:30am EDT, follows: