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It wouldn’t be Twitter if there wasn’t a new controversy about some decade-old tweets.
Just hours after Twitter founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey announced his resignation from the company, there’s already new drama surrounding its new CEO, Parag Agrawal, and an old post he made on the platform.
“If they are not gonna make a distinction between muslims and extremists, then why should I distinguish between white people and racists,” tweeted Agrawal in quotes on Oct. 26, 2010.
That’s right. October 2010. This 11-year-old tweet is currently making the rounds in right-wing Twitter circles. Conservative users on the platform are expressing outrage over the tweet.
The quote Agrawal tweeted comes at the tail end of the segment, during a panel with former host Jon Stewart and comedians Larry Whilmore and Aasif Mandvi.
“If they’re not going to make a distinction between Muslims and violent extremists then why should I take the time to distinguish between decent, fearful white people and racists?” jokes Mandvi, eliciting laughter from the audience.
In addition, in a follow-up tweet on Twitter that same night, Agrawal replied to another user to explain that The Daily Show is exactly what he was quoting.
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