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Fox News doctor ties San Bernardino shooting to ‘the state of feminism’ — and Benghazi

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Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner suggested to Fox News on Thursday that the “the state of feminism in Muslim countries” was to blame for the San Bernardino shooting because the suspected female shooter left her 6-month old baby behind.

“Because this is the news, we’ve got to be straight with people,” Welner told the hosts of Fox & Friends during a segment about the killers’ motivations. “We have to start with the obvious that this is an Islamic attack.”

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According to Welner, the attack could be “the birth of ISIS in America,” and young people were being motivated by their Islamic faith to become terrorists.

“How far would you go for your Islam?” he asked. “Would you kill for it? Would you die for it? And in this example that we have, would you leave a newborn baby behind?”

Welner added: “When you see a woman involved, the natural questions that we have to ask are, what is the state of feminism in Muslim America? How are women’s rights defined? As you say, who radicalized whom?”

Fox News host Steve Doocy wondered if the shooters targeted the Inland Regional Center because a group there was having a Christmas party.

Welner, however, argued that it was time to “move on the idea of questioning this and questioning that because it becomes absurd at some point as saying, ‘Well, this was a video as the cause of Benghazi.'”

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“The fact that we allowed ourselves to be misled by the idea that a video was responsible, it has so much of an impact on national discourse,” he opined. “If we just acknowledged realities then we can solve problems in the future and enhance public safety.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Nov. 3, 2015.

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On MSNBC Friday, former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt criticized Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) claim that she was struggling over whether to support the president — and laid out why she should unequivocally decide she doesn't.

"We saw the president direct violence against peaceful protesters this week, and seen the president lie to the country nearly 20,000 times," said Schmidt. "We've seen the president divide the country and incite violence. And we've seen a level of ineptitude in this historic pandemic that defied description, but included standing in front of the nation when tens of thousands are dead, talking about his ratings or telling the American people that it is a good idea to ingest or household disinfectants. We've seen a president preside over the shattering of an economy. We have seen a president race-bait, demean, disgrace his office, to desecrate the bonds of affection that exist between us as Americans."

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The decision to gas protesters so President Donald Trump could hold a photo-op holding a Bible were criticized by a Republican senator on Friday as cracks start to emerge in Republicans' support for the president.

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She noted criticism by former General Mattis and asked Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) if he agreed.

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"This is the story of a coward and a commander," said the ad's narrator. "The coward Trump dodged the draft. Jim Mattis led American troops for forty years. While a frightened Trump hides from protesters in a deep bunker firing off tweets, Jim Mattis does what he's always done: Leads. While Donald Trump angrily attacks, General Mattis' words deserve to be heard by every American."

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