On Thursday afternoon, appearing on MSNBC, Eli Stokols of The Wall Street Journal committed an egregious but hilarious faux pas as he criticized President Trump for calling for the death penalty for Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, the terrorist who murdered eight people on Tuesday in New York City.
Stokols stated, “The unifying thread is the sort of broader politics of Donald Trump, the ethnocentric nationalism. He did not react this way when a white person shot dozens of people in Las Vegas. He did not come and say, ‘Well, we have to do an immediate policy change, we need to give this guy the death penalty …’”
Stokols’ unwittingly hilarious remark resembled ThinkProgress editor Elham Khatami’s tweet on Wednesday, when, after noting that Trump had said he wanted to send Saipov to Gitmo, she tweeted, “He said no such thing about the Vegas shooter, who killed 58 people.”
As Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro pointed out on Wednesday, referring to the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, in a remark that could equally apply to Stokols’ comment:
Stokols responded on Twitter to his faux pas: