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Don Cherry Takes Aim At The “Pinkos”
March 1, 2012
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Don Cherry discusses what he means when he says "pinkos", stemming from the December 2010 incident when he spoke at the inauguration for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. He also shares his thoughts on the protestors who turned out during the G-20 summit in Toronto.

He'll be in the red chair tonight, along with radio host and author Brooke Gladstone.

DC: "A pinko, that is not right wing... no, uh, I have my thoughts. I'm not easy on crime. And pinkos are easy on crime. The victim is treated worse than the person that did it. I'm very strong on that."

GS: "Well I think pinkos might suggest that it's not about being easy on crime, it's about being aware of some of the causes of..."

DC: "Everybody's on the police, and it seems to be the thing to do, to be on the police. But those people that are on the police would be the first one to call the police if something went wrong. That's what I think. And all those people that - you asked me a question - those people that are very upset, most of them that were caught downtown and, uh, when the riot was on, what were they doing downtown? They're looking for trouble, weren't they?

GS: No, you're allowed to protest, you're allowed to protest.

DC: Well, yeah, you're allowed to protest, break windows and that, don't go down there if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

GS: No, no, no, no, no!

DC: They were down there, looking at all... looking for... they were protesting, a lot of them were down there just looking for a little trouble, and the whole deal, and the trouble finds ya. You look for trouble, you find it. I would never have gone down there, cause I didn't want the trouble.

GS: I don't think they were all down there looking for trouble. There were some looking for trouble, but a lot of them were just down there being democratic. You're allowed to speak your mind, like you do, on TV.

DC: Yeah well, fine! And if I get in trouble doing it, that's the thing, don't whine about it afterwards! They're still whining about it a year later! Stand out in the rain!...You look for trouble, to me, I love the police!

GS: Do you find that, it's kind of interesting sometimes, just the fact that this is a position that you're in, that you do get caught up talking about this stuff, people care about what you...

DC: You asked me a question, I answered!

GS: Because I'm actually responding to something you had done, so I'm just curious, I feel like this is a... an arena you feel comfortable being in.

DC: I love it, I should have been a politician, I'd have been great.


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