Called on to defend calling the leaders of Turkey “Islamic terrorists”, Rick Perry managed to accuse Wolf Blitzer of defending honor-killing.
Rush transcript and video after the jump …
Blitzer: On this specific issue of Erdogan and the other turkish leaders, in your words they’re Islamic terrorists? Are you saying that?
Perry: I say if they are treating their citizens that way, that they approach that terminology. When you allow for honor killings, wolf — I mean, I hope you’re not defending honor killings as an appropriate act in any country, much less a country we send foreign aid to, and we do send foreign aid to that country … Let me ask you, are you sitting here and defending the act of honor killing?
Blitzer: No, of course I’m not. That’s horrible and disgusting, and people who do that should be punished, but I believe the turkish government isn’t defending it, either. It happens in turkey, it happens in egypt, in a lot of islamic countries, but they’re not supporting that. No one defenses that except for extremists.
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