The debate hosted by the group “Women in the World’ started with Dutt telling the packed audience that in her opinion all religions were misogynist and thus it was unfair to focus only on Islam.
To reinforce her argument, Dutt equated the actions of Islamic fundamentalists to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, saying: “What he (Donald Trump) said about women, according to me, is so much worse, so much worse than the Muslim fundamentalists he seeks to keep out of the United States of America.”
Then, turning her guns on Hirsi Ali, Dutt asked:
“There are so many misogynists and they belong to so many different religions, why are you picking only on Islam?”
Hirsi Ali immediately recognized she was being set up to run a gauntlet of criticism and so chose to go for the jugular.