The whole point of terror is to make you afraid. I think that Trump and his group are trying to make Americans more afraid. I think that's part of how they got elected: Just make us more afraid.The host Jake Tapper immediately called him on that:
You're accusing the president -- president of terrorism by making -- by scaring people?That challenged Franken, but it also helped him, because it gave Franken a chance to deny the meaning that was pretty obviously there. He took advantage of the opportunity:
FRANKEN: Just because the purpose of terrorism is to make you afraid and the president has tried to make people afraid doesn't mean he's involved with...Notice how Franken didn't even have to stumble his way to a conclusion of that sentence. Tapper talked over him to accept that the implication had been disavowed even before Franken had completed his explanation. I wonder if some Trump supporter — say, Kellyanne Conway — had lobbed a similar insinuation, he would have let her out of the jam so easily. Then again, it was Tapper who translated the implication into clear speech in the first place. But as I said above, I think that translation helped Franken, because I had already scribbled a note to myself to blog about Franken's insinuation, and I think if Tapper had just let it go without examination, Franken would have been in a much more vulnerable position.
TAPPER: Right. OK. I just wanted to define the language. That's all.
Here's the precise clip. Judge for yourself.