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|Alma mater||Rutgers University (B.A.)|
|Occupation||Political commentator, Twitch streamer|
|Relatives||Cenk Uygur (uncle)|
Early life and education
Hasan Piker was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, but grew up with his parents in Istanbul, Turkey. Piker was educated in Turkey, and after two semesters at the University of Miami at which he earned a 2.9 GPA, he transferred to Rutgers University graduating cum laude with a dual degree in Political Science and Communications.
Piker is the nephew of Cenk Uygur, the creator and co-host of the online show The Young Turks. Piker began working at The Young Turks in 2013 as an intern, and later got a full-time job there. He worked with TYT's social media platform for some time, and later appeared as an on-screen commentator. Piker is known for producing "explainer" videos for the channel. He is now the host of The Breakdown, and appears on the main show for roundtable discussions.
Hasan Piker considers himself a progressive with socialist leanings. He advocates for social democratic reforms in the U.S., and for workers' ownership of the means of production. He is a critic of the United States involvement in coups and wars around the world. He has cited Noam Chomsky, Karl Marx, Richard Wolff and Yanis Varoufakis as influences on his ideology.
"a more equitable distribution of wealth is coming, whether it is by policy or by pitchforks. So it's up to you guys. Which one is it going to be?"
On one stream,[which?] Piker questioned why Republican Representative Dan Crenshaw was opposing House efforts to stop arms shipments to Saudi Arabia. Piker drew outrage by suggesting that Crenshaw—who lost his right eye in 2012 to an improvised explosive device explosion while serving as a Navy SEAL during the Afghanistan War—had lost his eye "because some Mujahideen, a brave fucking soldier, fucked his eyehole with their dick". Piker later claimed that the remarks were intended to be satirical.
Piker drew further outrage on the same stream by stating that "America deserved 9/11". The comment resulted in Piker's Twitch account being temporarily suspended. Piker later elaborated on his beliefs on The Young Turks network, expressing regret about his remarks, which he claimed were articulated poorly because of English being his second language.
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