Cenk Uygur mocks Phil Robertson for sounding ‘nearly identical’ to ISIS extremists
Young Turks host Cenk Uygur ripped Fox News and Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson on Wednesday for criticizing the Islamic State extremist group while sounding like them.
“They’ve got the same beard, they’ve got the same Bible or Koran verses,” Uygur said. “One of them has a bandanna, the other one has a headdress on. They’re nearly identical.”
Uygur played footage of Robertson’s interview on Tuesday with Sean Hannity, during which Hannity asked him how the U.S. should deal with the group.
“Worldwide, planetwide, Biblically speaking, [there are] two groups of people,” Robertson said. “The children of God, and the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”
Robertson, who was temporarily suspended from his show last year for making racist and homophobic remarks in GQ magazine, went on to quote various Biblical passages, including one mentioning a “great Satan.”
“You either have to either convert them, which I think would be next to impossible,” Robertson told Hannity at one point. “I’m not giving up on them, but either convert them or kill them.”
Uygur pointed out that the phrase “great Satan” has repeatedly been used by Muslim fundamentalists as an insult against the U.S., and that Islamic State has also threatened to kill victims unless they convert.
“It’s amazing — they speak exactly the same way,” Uygur said, while a side-by-side picture of Robertson and an ISIS fighter was shown on-screen. “Even look the same way. We got an ISIS fighter there, but you can insert Osama bin Laden. I think [Robertson] might look like bin Laden than even that fighter does.”
Watch Uygur’s commentary, as posted online on Wednesday, below.