Since the gun attack, Geller said, her life has been “hectic.” She has been accused of promoting “hate speech” “to provoke reactions that polarize America.” She has been called “un-American” for hosting a “bigoted, disrespectful and dangerous event simply for the sake of offending (and arguably, provoking) Muslims on a sensitive topic.” Then came the scornful Fox News host Greta Van Susteren who chastised Geller for putting police officers’ lives on the line.
“My message is simple — protect our police. Do not recklessly lure them into danger and that is what happened in Garland, Texas at the Mohammed cartoon contest,” Van Susteren said. “Yes, of course, there’s a First Amendment right and it’s very important, but the exercise of that right includes using good judgment.”
In an op-ed for Time, Geller wrote that the “jihadis” would have targeted another event had they not been at her cartoon contest.