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Cenk Uygur: If Bomber Is A "Right-Wing White Guy" He Will Be Excused

On the Monday broadcast of Current TV's "The War Room" network host Cenk Uygur observed Americans would not be as outraged if the Boston bomber turns out to be a "right-wing white guy" instead of a Muslim terrorist.

"Now, if it's a right-wing white guy, those same exact people will turn around and say, 'Well, look, let's not over blow this. I mean it's just one crazy guy, he doesn't affect anything else. It has no other implications, let's just all calm down," Uygur said.

Michael Shure, the host of "The War Room," said Cenk could be totally wrong about the bomber being a "right-wing white guy" and "just be some guy who was really upset that he had to pay his taxes on April 15th."

"And let's not forget, this could not just be either of those people too," Shure told Uygur. "It could not be an Islamic terrorist. It could not be a right-wing militia person. It could just be some guy who was really upset that he had to pay his taxes on April 15th."

CENK UYGUR: Of course, everybody, immediately when there is a tragedy like this starts screaming, 'too soon!' You open your mouth and people start screaming, 'too soon!' But, hold on now. We -- I actually think this is a very interesting time to have a very interesting conversation because, specifically because we don't know who did it.

Now, once we know who did it, then everybody is going to have opinions one way or another. Now, keep it real. If it's somebody who is a Muslim terrorist, people are going to say, 'I knew it! Muslim terrorism is [inaudibe]! We have to go, we have to invade countries, etc.'

Now, if it's a right-wing white guy, those same exact people will turn around and say, 'Well, look, let's not over blow this. I mean it's just one crazy guy, he doesn't affect anything else. It has no other implications, let's just all calm down.'

So, I'd like to get people on the record before we know who did it. So, what is it? Should we overreact? Should we underreact? How should we react before you know who did it?

MICHAEL SHURE: Cenk, that's a great point too. I mean, it's so easy to say 'too soon.' But in fact, this is the appropriate time to be talking about that because it is a way of avoiding the incendiary conversation that could happen no matter who did it. And let's not forget, this could not just be either of those people too.

It could not be an Islamic terrorist. It could not be a right-wing militia person. It could just be some guy who was really upset that he had to pay his taxes on April 15th, as I said before.

So, I think readying the response is really important, and having a conversation about why that response happens I think is important too.

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