During an interview that aired Monday with former first lady Laura Bush, CNN anchor Erin Burnett posed the question of whether or not the United States should “accept” anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism “when we want to make change” in the Middle East.
“’An Egyptian woman, her name’s Samir (sic) Ibrahim, and she’s done a lot of things, courageous things. She’s also been criticized for sending tweets that are anti-Semitic, anti-American,’ Burnett said during a segment on the George W. Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship Program.
‘Does the U.S. need to accept that when we want to make change? You have to support people that do those things – financially in term of awards, in terms of all these things – because it pays off in the end? Is that a trade-off we have to make?’ she asked.
‘Mrs. Bush responded with a laughing, “No.”
‘No, I don’t think so, not necessarily. But I do think it’s really important that we do support women in any way we can in the U.S. And I know American women want to do that,’ she answered.
‘It’s easy for us to recruit the mentors, the American women mentors for our class of Egyptian fellows because American women are interested in women around the world. And they want to see women succeed,’ she answered.”
Ibrahim was slated to receive the State Department’s International Women of Courage Award last week when it was revealed several compromising tweets had been posted to her Twitter page. She originally denied that she had made the offensive tweets, saying that her account had been hacked. She later backtracked and, without admitting fault, blamed the controversy on Zionists.
Watch a video of the interview below: