After Muslim-American activist Linda Sarsour called for a 'jihad' against the Trump administration, columnist Ben Shapiro took on a representative for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to debate her use of the word.
"Jihad" means a "struggle to speak truth to power," said Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of CAIR in Florida.
"We all know that there are terrorists all over the world who invoke the word 'jihad' as justification for what they do, and Linda Sarsour knows that too," Shapiro told him.
"You just don't like a vocal American Muslim woman proudly standing for justice. Shame on you," Shibly shot back.
Shapiro argued the Muslim activist was the one "taking this one line out of context."
"They want to silence me," Sarsour tweeted after the backlash.
Alt-right who relies on google for translation is trying to instill fear in the hearts of Muslims. We will be unapologetic about who we are.
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) July 7, 2017
Shibly insisted that Muslims must "reclaim" the word "jihad" from extremists who have "hijacked and distorted" it.
"It's too late for that," host Dana Perino told him.