Trump: I’m All For Free Speech, But Anti-Islam Cartoon Contest Was ‘DUMB!’

AP

Real estate mogul and wannabe presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday night took a break from talking tough about President Barack Obama to criticize a Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest where two gunmen opened fire Sunday in Garland, Texas.

One of the event’s organizers, Pamela Geller, has sought to cast the shooting as a “war on free speech.” In a series of tweets, Trump suggested Geller and the other notorious anti-Muslim extremists who hosted the event were “publicity seekers” who actually provoked the attack:

Trump also called out Geller directly earlier Monday in an interview on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”

“It looks like she’s actually taunting people,” Trump said. “It’s disgusting that [the shooting] happened and everything else, but what are they doing drawing Muhammad? Isn’t there something else they can draw?”

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