On Monday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends, host Brian Kilmeade waded into the squabble between GOP presidential contenders Jeb Bush and Donald Trump over who exactly is responsible for the terrorist attack on 9/11/2001.
Last week, Trump pointed the finger at former President George W. Bush, saying the World Trade Towers were destroyed on his watch — before adding that he wasn’t really blaming Bush.
Jeb Bush jumped in and defended his brother on Twitter by calling Trump’s comments “pathetic,” adding that his brother kept the U.S. safe– albeit after the terrorist attack.
This in turn led to a disastrous interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper where Jeb Bush said, “It’s what you do after that matters.”
Seeing the GOP inter-family warfare spinning out of control, the Fox & Friends host had a familiar suggestion: blame a Democrat.
According to Media Matters, Kilmeade made an on-air suggestion to Trump that former Bill Clinton was to blame for 9/11 — nine months after he was out of office.
“You have to think about 2001. When we walked into — when the president walked into his four years in office, Al Gore and George Bush weren’t even debating Al Qaeda, even though Bin Laden declared war on us in 1996,” Kilmeade helpfully explained. “And most of those hijackers overstayed their visas, so unless he came in — and the first thing that President Trump would have done is said, ‘I need the CIA to talk to the FBI.”
Co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck chimed in with “Immediately.”
“I need you to mix and match and merge lists, and find out if there’s anybody here who have overstayed their visas,'” Kilmeade’s hypothetical President Trump might have said. “That was not the talk of the country because we were on the air at that time and in 1996, he declared war on us. You might be madder, Donald Trump — and we’re going to ask him in an hour — at Bill Clinton for not taking a legitimate shot at somebody who declared war on us in the ’90s.”
Watch the video below from Media Matters for America: