Subbing for Ed Schultz on MSNBC this evening, Cenk Uygur suggested that the roughly 70% of Americans who oppose the Ground Zero mosque are "ignorant." Uygur was debating the mosque matter with Republican strategist and former Newt staffer David Winston. Winston suggested that the people behind the mosque could, in light of the overwhelming oppposition of Americans to the plan, show sensitivity by agreeing to site it elsewhere.
That provoked Cenk's snide insult, which, as you'll see, actually revealed his own lack of knowledge on the subject . . .
DAVID WINSTON: What I'm saying is, 70% of this country doesn't like this idea. There's a unique opportunity for Muslims to show, look, we understand Americans have difficulty with this, and we're willing to have, to move somewhere else. There's just a sense of like, look, if we're going to cooperate and get along, and things are going to work, people are going to have to understand the concerns that other folks have --
CENK UYGUR: So you're saying, you're saying two things from what I'm hearing. One is, if 70% of the country is ignorant, we should back that up. If they don't know the Constitution or they think Muslims are the same as al Qaeda, we should back that up.
Cenk suggests that those "ignorant" Americans "don't know the Constitution." But if he had taken the time to inform himself of the poll question that CNN had put to people, and which generated the overwhelming response, he would have found that it read [emphasis added]:
"As you may know, a group of Muslims in the U.S. plan to build a mosque two blocks from the site in New York City where the World Trade Center used to stand. Do you favor or oppose this plan?"
So that 70% [68% to be precise] weren't asked, and weren't opining, that they thought Muslims didn't have a right to build the mosque. They were simply expressing their personal opinion to the effect that they "oppose the plan." And that is their constitutional right. So who's ignorant now?