Fox News co-host Eric Bolling on Wednesday defended the New York Police Department’s spying program that targets Muslims by claiming that “every terrorist on American soil has been a Muslim.”
On Fox News’ The Five, Bolling dismissed a lawsuit filed by Muslim Advocates, a legal rights group, because “the people that had their constitutional rights violated the most were the 9/11 victims, the 3,000 who were killed by 19 hijackers who happened all to be Muslims.”
“It’s a strange thing that a lot of groups will do if they feel they’re being targeted is turn America’s system of civil rights and the Constitution back on the government,” co-host Dana Perino agreed. “Now that’s one of the things we have to struggle against.”
Fox News political analyst Juan Williams, who was dismissed from NPR in 2010 for remarks about Muslims, suggested that the group had a valid case.
“The reality is what the lawsuit says is that they are being targeted simply on the basis of their religion,” Williams explained. “So, it’s as if, you know, in Syria or one of these countries where all Christians are being persecuted, you said, ‘I’m going to go into every Christian home of church just on that basis that I suspect that you’re a terrorist.’ Well, that’s not fair to people in the Muslim community, most of whom are not terrorists.”
“How is it every terrorist on American soil has been a Muslim?” Bolling wondered.
“Wait a second,” Williams shot back. “You mean to say Oklahoma City [bombing] was conducted by a Muslim?”
“In the last 15 years,” Bolling added.
“Oh, come on,” Williams replied.
In the last 15 years alone, there have a number of high-profile of domestic terrorist attacks on U.S. soil that did not involve Muslims.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation suspected Dr. Bruce Ivins of being behind the 2001 anthrax attacks. Jim David Adkisson was accused of killing two people and wounding seven others at a Tennessee church in 2008 because he wanted to kill liberals and Democrats. Anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder was convicted of the 2009 murder of Dr. George Tiller. White supremacist James W. von Brunn killed a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2010. And Andrew Joseph Stack flew a plane into a Texas office building in 2010, possibly targeting the Internal Revenue Service.
Watch this video from Fox News’ The Five via Media Matters, broadcast June 6, 2012.
Trump ‘is hemorrhaging support’ and is flailing badly to win it back: reporter
President Donald Trump is trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden in the polls, and one veteran journalist said that he seems clueless about how to stop the bleeding.
Journalist Alex Wagner, the host of Showtime's "The Circus," told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's flailing attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci and "60 Minutes'" Lesley Stahl are not part of some grand strategy to stage a comeback in the 2020 presidential election.
"The idea that President Trump has somehow hatched a multi-pronged plan to make a closing argument in the last remaining days of the election is a fallacy," she said. "He is hemorrhaging support among suburban women and seniors, and what is he doing? Taking on a fight with the elder statesmen of the most venerable news brand in America. She is an older woman at precisely the time he needs to be getting women and seniors."
Sam Elliott narrated a powerful new Joe Biden ad — and it aired during Game 1 of the World Series
Actor Sam Elliott narrated a new ad for Joe Biden that aired during Game 1 of the World Series.
"There is only America," Elliott said. "No Democratic rivers, no Republican mountains, just this great land and all that's possible on it -- with a fresh start."
"Cures we can find, futures we can shape, work to reward, dignity to protect," Elliott continues, as the Star Spangled Banner plays quietly on a piano in the background.
"There is so much we can do if we choose to take on problems and not each other," the narrator continues. "And choose a president who brings out our best."
WATCH: Trump had his microphone muted on Tuesday — at his own rally
At President Donald Trump's Tuesday evening rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, a sound problem resulted in the president's microphone being unexpectedly cut in the middle of his speech.
"I think we have every endorsement including New York's Finest, New York City's Finest, we love our—" Trump was saying. At that point, the microphone cut out, and the president continued talking inaudibly.
It took several moments for technicians to restore the audio, at which point the president walked toward a row of sign-toting fans standing behind him.
The President’s mic gets muted at his own rally pic.twitter.com/XPOyIeGdDm