News Corporation and 21st Century Fox executive co-chairman Rupert Murdoch cited “radical Muslim dangers” to endorse a “complete refugee pause” one day after Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump called for a total ban on Muslims immigrating to or visiting the United States.
On December 7, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United states until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on,” citing a flawed poll from an Islamophobic organization to claim that Muslims are a danger to America.
Murdoch, a top executive of Fox News' parent company, previously echoed calls by Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz to limit the admission of Syrian refugees to “proven Christians” :
Obama facing enormous opposition in accepting refugees. Maybe make special exception for proven Christians.
-- Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) November 16, 2015
On December 8, amid widespread condemnation of Trump's proposal, Murdoch asked whether Trump has “gone too far,” but then claimed that the “public is obsessed on radical Muslim dangers,” and added that a “complete refugee pause to fix vetting makes sense” :
Has Trump gone too far? Regardless, public is obsessed on radical Muslim dangers, Complete refugee pause to fix vetting makes sense.
-- Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) December 8, 2015