David Brooks: "We're At The Adult Table," "Clowns" Like Ann Coulter Are At The "Kiddie Table"

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On NBC's Meet the Press today, New York Times columnist David Brooks said the American reaction to the Paris terror attack should be "let's get offended a little more."

Brooks humbly said he and his co-panelists (Andrea Mitchell, Helene Cooper and Rich Lowry) were at the "adult table" while "people like Ann Coulter," are at the "kiddie table."

"So there are some people like, frankly this show, we're at the adult table of conversation," Brooks said. "Some people like Ann Coulter, they're at the kiddie table. Charlie Hebdo, that's the kiddie table. Let the kiddie table have the kiddie table. Because sometimes they'll say things that those of us at the adult table need to hear. Don't crack down on them."

"We ought to let the clowns among us say what the clowns do," Brooks also said.

In a column this week for The New York Times, Brooks also relegated "jesters" like Coulter and Bill Maher to the "kids' table"

DAVID BROOKS: We lionize people abroad for things we would not tolerate here. And so the reaction should be for us domestically is, hey, let's get offended a little more. Let's tolerate a little offensiveness. There's a new thing on campus, microaggressions. It's like some minor offense against people. But you just have to learn to tolerate that. We have to do two things, one we have to uphold standards of civility and decency, but we ought to let the clowns among us say what the clowns do. And you never do that with law, you never do it with speech codes, you don't disinvite speakers, you allow them to talk, but you have distinctions.

So there are some people like, frankly this show, we're at the adult table of conversation. Some people like Ann Coulter, they're at the kiddie table. Charlie Hebdo, that's the kiddie table. Let the kiddie table have the kiddie table. Because sometimes they'll say things that those of us at the adult table need to hear. Don't crack down on them.

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