Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Thursday set out to slam a Democratic congressman for his remarks about the U.S. Constitution, but ended up confusing the document with the Declaration of Independence.
In a Wednesday blog posting, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) noted that Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) had “compared ObamaCare’s implementation to the Constitution.”
“When Social Security first came out, people didn’t understand that completely,” Meeks told MSNBC. “When Medicare came out, people didn’t understand that completely. But over time we developed, we got it right. The fact of the matter is, when the Constitution came out, people didn’t understand that. And there were problems in the Constitution. We didn’t say get rid of the Constitution, we fixed it.”
The next day on Fox & Friends, host Gretchen Carlson pointed out that Meeks had not made the best argument against repealing Obamacare.
“The problem is with some of those particular programs, like Social Security and Medicaid, yeah, it’s almost worse when people did understand it,” Carlson laughed. “Because you understood that there’s not enough money to pay for Social Security and you understood that there’s a tremendous amount of fraud in Medicaid.”
For Kilmeade, however, it was Meeks’ comments about the Constitution that were the most outrageous.
“For one thing, when the Constitution was passed, people fought for it, they cheered, they melted down the statue of the king in New York City,” he insisted. “So, no one really had to understand it. Do we continue to fine tune it? Absolutely.”
But the events Kilmeade were referring to actually happened in 1776, 11 years before the Constitution was adopted.
According to the New-York Historical Society, a gilded lead statue of King George III was torn down in Bowling Green after a copy of the Declaration of Independence had been read to General George Washington’s troops on July 19, 1776. Records indicate that the statue was melted down to make 42,088 bullets or musket balls to be used in the war for independence.
Although the Fox News hosts, the NRCC, Breitbart, Hot Air, Real Clear Politics and Weasel Zippers had all called out Meeks for “comparing” the president’s healthcare reform law to the Constitution, none of them seemed to mind with Rep. Louie Gohmert said on Sunday that arguments over efforts to repeal and defund Obamacare was “how we got to the Constitution.”
Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, uploaded on Aug. 15, 2013.
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 5 million unique readers per month and serves more than 19 million pageviews.