Watch: Muslim Woman From Heritage Video Interviewed By Racist ‘Imam’ Character

The Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank caused quite a stir with his description of the ugliness at a Heritage Foundation panel on #Benghazi, at which a Muslim woman named Saba Ahmed was greeted with hostility by the panel. Since then, Media Matters has posted video of the exchange, which has media types crying foul at Milbanks’ description. The questioner, though, has her own history of political performance art, appearing at Occupy rallies, and on a conservative talk show to play along with a racist caricature of an “Imam.”

Milbank’s article immediately placed conservatives on the defensive, with its description of a hostile crowd and panel “taunting” the soft-spoken Saba Ahmed. The video that has emerged since has been dubbed a “disaster” for Milbank by the likes of Politico‘s Dylan Byers, but while it doesn’t hew precisely to Milbank’s description, the energy in the room does seem pretty ugly, and as Milbank told Byers, ” the reaction in the crowd – the long, standing ovation, the cheers for Gabriel, the fingers pointed at Ahmed, the war whoops — was intense, and a bit scary. The video captures some but not all of that.”

Heritage will be releasing the full four-hour video shortly, but in the meantime, there is video of Saba Ahmed, who ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2011, speaking at an Occupy Portland rally in 2012, where she spoke out against the war in Afghanistan:

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According to Ahmed, she switched parties the day after her unsuccessful run for Congress concluded, and is now a Republican. At least, that’s what she told Muslim-panicky talk show host Tom Trento and his producer, in character as Trentovision’s in-house “Imam” (full episode here):

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1zptpa

The conservative rear-guard action on this, aside from trumpeting Byers’ assessment, will be to pose Ahmed as some sort of false flag operator who is out to make conservatives look hostile toward Muslims, but if the above interview is any indication, all she has to do to accomplish that is to be a Muslim woman.

The full 3 hour, 23 minute Heritage video is now online (h/t digitas daily)

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  • Razib_Taif1

    She was also arrested for stalking during a mental breakdown. I’d give a link, but the search returned crae crae conservative blogs that I’d rather not promote. I remember this from when it was news a fews ago up in Oregon though. This chick is nuts. Think of that one guy who wore chain mail to class in college and that’s a decent analogue of her. She’s crazy and there is no need to analyze it any deeper. Dress in hijab and do crazy shit and you’ll get attention.

  • Rolf

    I saw the panel and didn’t see no overly hostile reaction or shunning of a woman wearing a head scarf, so Milibank jumped the gun too fast. The panelists answered her questions in a reasonable, calm and articulate way. A lot of dingbats in the crowd, though, but what can you do?

  • ssj

    According to Mr Trento (see full episode referenced) there were horrible atrocities committed during WW1 and WW2 by collectivists (leftists). If Mr Trento had bothered to read a history book he would understand that the Allied Nations (Britain, US, etc) were fighting against NAZIs (extreme rightists) during WW2. Not sure what the political affiliations of the combatants in WW1 were but they were not collectivists. The Bolshevik Revolution was not until October 1917, near the end of the war.

    • D_C_Wilson

      WW1 was basically the last gasp of feudalism in Europe. Triggered by the assassination of a royal, but the time it was over, three of the four major European monarchs (the Czar of Russia, the Kaiser of Germany, and Austro-Hungarian Emperor) were deposed, leaving only the King of Britain still standing. And he was reduced to a mere figurehead.

      Fun fact: The King, the Czar, and the Kaiser were all cousins descended from Queen Victoria.

      • ssj

        Nice summarization of the situation.

    • Rolf

      Nazis, especially of those who adhered to the Strasser doctrine were supporters of mass collectivization and a strong government oversight of all the branches of economy, but renounced marxism in all forms. They were more of a combination of extreme ideas drown from the radical right (like Schmitts theories of sovereignty) as well as from the radical left (here the chief inspirations were more of the anarchist than marxisist kind).

      • ssj

        Since the Strasser brothers were out of the picture by 1934 (executed, exiled) I doubt that their influences became a significant influence on what the NAZI party was to become.