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BY: Nic Rowan
MSNBC contributor David Jolly accused Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv of showing the signs "of a school shooter," referring to racist posts the teenager put on social media as a 16-year-old.
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Jolly's comments followed Harvard University's decision to revoke Kashuv's acceptance, which led critics to say that the decision was politically motivated by cries against Kashuv's support for Second Amendment rights.
"There are conservatives today who have cried foul over Harvard's decision, saying they are kow-towing to the left. Do you think there is any reason to question political move?" MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle asked Jolly Tuesday on MSNBC Live.
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"I don't," Jolly replied. "Stephanie, I take a much harder line on this. I think this is the perfect story for our time, when within our culture, we have leaders who are giving greater permission to racist statements and to people with racist feelings, they are given greater equity. I think it is important for Harvard to say, not in our community. That is not a voice we are going to give equity in our diverse community."
Jolly said that he originally thought that Kashuv should be given a chance at "redemption," but after seeing the posts Kashuv made two years prior to the Parkland shooting—which included derogatory references to Jews and black people—Jolly changed his mind.
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"My immediate reaction when I really dug into this, these are the social media postings we see of a shooter and we ask, ‘Where were the signs?' See something, Say something," Jolly said. "We see a shooter, and then we go back and look at social media posts and this is exactly what we see. I understand the sensitivity of this man toward Parkland. I'm not a mental health professional to assess him on those...
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