Fox News personalities attacked President Obama for saying that an international climate summit in Paris will be a “rebuke to terrorists” by showing international unity, deriding his remarks as “disturbing” and “encouragement to the terrorists.”
Obama Says Paris Climate Talks Will Be “Rebuke To Terrorists”
President Obama: Global Climate Conference Will Show Terrorists “The World Stands As One.” President Obama said during a November 24 joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande that the upcoming Paris climate summit, which nearly 200 countries are slated to attend, will be “a powerful rebuke to the terrorists” by showing that “the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children”:
And next week, I will be joining President Hollande and world leaders in Paris for the global climate conference. What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children.
So, President Hollande, my fellow Americans -- let's remember we've faced greater threats to our way of life before. Fascism. Communism. A first world war. A second. A long Cold War. Each and every time, we prevailed. We have prevailed because our way of life is stronger. Because we stay united. Because even as we are relentless in the face of evil, we draw on what's best in ourselves and in the character of our countries. It will be no different this time. Make no mistake, we will win, and groups like ISIL will lose. And standing with allies like France, we will continue to show the world the best of American leadership.
Vive la France. And God bless the United States of America. [The White House, 11/24/15]
Fox News Attacks Obama's Remarks As “Surrendering” To ISIS
Fox News Analyst: Obama Is Trying To Fight ISIS “With Windmills And Solar Panels.” On the November 24 edition of Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox News national security analyst KT McFarland mocked President Obama's remarks, saying that the terrorists “are laughing” because Obama wants to “defeat [ISIS] with windmills and solar panels”:
NEIL CAVUTO (HOST): Why this? Why now? Why climate change when it's like kind of life change that's going on here?
KT MCFARLAND: Well, because President Obama thinks that climate change is the greatest strategic and geological and existential threat to our future. You know, here we are -- and the irony, if it were not so tragic it would be funny -- here we have ISIS, which is attacking with suicide vests and Kalashnikovs and potentially chemical weapons in the French water supply. What are we doing? We're going to fight ISIS. We're going to have windmills. We're going to have solar panels. We're going to show them. It's just really -- all it does is it gives encouragement to the terrorists who feel that they have been selected and chosen by Allah to establish the caliphate and kill everybody who disagrees with them. They now look at this and they are laughing.
This is a threat and an assault against all western civilization. We will not defeat it with windmills and solar panels. [Fox News, Your World with Neil Cavuto, 11/24/15]
Fox Co-Hosts: “It Makes Me Sick” To See “America Surrendering” To ISIS By Talking “About The Weather.” Co-hosts on the November 24 edition of The Five roundly criticized President Obama for his comments, saying that his remarks indicate “America surrendering” to ISIS. Co-host Jesse Watters also stated “I just don't know if Mohammed cares about the weather”:
ERIC BOLLING: And at the White House news conference alongside the leader of France today, President Obama really stuck it to the terrorists by reminding them he'll be attending a weather summit soon.
BOLLING: Memories and climate summits.
KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE: Yeah this is really disturbing and I'm trying to think if I can speed-dial my doctor for a giant dose of antibiotics to cure me from the ills that the President is making me feel right now. I don't understand. Why would he even bring it up? Like, enough, we got it. We got the memo, we signed for the package. We know you love the weather. Stop. I mean, can you imagine poor President Hollande is in there going, “Hey, come on, can we get some action here, can we get some focus?” And he's saying I remember my romantic times in Paris and wow, we're going to stick it to the terrorists when we start talking about climate change.
JESSE WATTERS: I never thought I'd see America surrendering and France leading the charge. The president talking about kissing Michelle in Paris? What is that, soft power? I don't know what you'd call that. And then he's saying we need to fight terror by using a poem on the Statue of Liberty. OK, I don't even know what that means. And then he's going on and saying the biggest rebuke to terrorism is to talk about the weather. Now I just don't know if Mohammed cares about the weather. It's hot enough in the desert and I don't even think that matters. And I don't think Americans care if we rebuke the terrorists. I think we should be nuking the terrorists. But this is why people don't trust the president. [Fox News, The Five, 11/24/15]
Fox's Charles Krauthammer: Obama Thinks “The Terrorists Have Won” If “We Don't Destroy Our Economies” By Addressing Climate Change. On the November 24 edition of Special Report, Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer said that President Obama wants to “destroy our economies in order to save the ocean from rising an inch or two,” or otherwise “Obama is saying ... the terrorists have won”:
BRET BAIER (HOST): The climate change thing, he said he wanted to stand up and it would send a message to ISIS. The climate change summit in Paris next week. But as you look at the latest Fox News poll, climate change is kind of down on the list there. And there you see it. Three percent down from five percent. Terrorism obviously taking the biggest jump, Charles, in the wake of all that's happened.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think what Obama is saying is that if we don't destroy our economies in order to save the ocean from rising an inch or two 100 years from now, the terrorists have won. So I think you know -- that's what Obama believes. [Fox News, Special Report with Bret Baier, 11/24/15]
Fox's Andrea Tantaros Mocks Obama's Comments: “Nothing Scares Jihadists Like The Weather.” Co-host of Fox News' Outnumbered, Andrea Tantaros derided Obama's remarks in a November 24 tweet, saying “nothing scares jihadists like the weather”:
Obama: wait til they get a load of us at the Climate Summit in a few wks....“a rebuke.” Because nothing scares jihadists like the weather.
-- Andrea Tantaros (@AndreaTantaros) November 24, 2015
Giuliani On Fox: “Obviously” Obama “Doesn't Understand Terrorism.” On the November 25 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, former mayor of New York and Fox regular Rudy Giuliani derided Obama's statement, mocking: “when we reduce carbon emissions, ISIS is just going to fold.” Giuliani asserted that he had never “heard anything more absurd from a president” and that Obama “obviously” “doesn't understand terrorism.” Co-host Brian Kilmeade joked: “If the terrorists want to get under the president's skin they should litter”:
STEVE DOOCY: How is that a rebuke to ISIS?
RUDY GIULIANI: You know, you know, I really feel very stupid. I consider myself somewhat of an expert on law enforcement, terrorism, cybersecurity, security, and I never thought of the fact that if we just waged war on global warming we could defeat ISIS, and that's really going to shake them up. I mean, when we reduce carbon emissions, ISIS is just going to fold. They're just going to stop.
BRIAN KILMEADE: Even Al Gore would say that was inappropriate --
GIULIANI: I don't think I've ever heard anything more absurd from a president. I don't -- a mayor in the presence of a president who has shown leadership.
DOOCY: We have heard this president say that global warming is the top worry of the planet.
GIULIANI: But to say that this is like going to be a real shock to the terrorists, obviously he doesn't understand terrorism. He doesn't understand terrorists. He doesn't understand what motivates them. They -- they don't care what we do about global warming. What they are interested in is the Jihad. They're interested in taking over. They're interested in taking away your rights in particular, as a woman. Our rights to property. Our -- my ability to worship god, and yours. That's what it's about. Not about whether the globe is going to get warmer or colder. The president is so -- that statement is so out of touch with reality, that there's a serious question as to what's going on. What's going on in your mind if you --
KILMEADE: If the terrorists want to get under the president's skin they should litter. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 11/25/15]
Fox's Peter Johnson, Jr.: Obama Thinks “The Most Potent Weapon In His Arsenal Against ISIS ... Is Somehow Convening A Conference On Global Warming.” Later on Fox & Friends, Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr. suggested that Obama said that “the most potent weapon in his arsenal against ISIS, against al-Qaeda, against all of these terrorists, is somehow convening a conference on global warming, on climate change,” which Obama thinks is “going to send a chill up the spine” of those terrorist organizations:
PETER JOHNSON, JR.: I think the people join me at home today on this in being confounded and astounded ... by that statement that the President of the United States, Barack Obama, the most potent weapon in his arsenal against ISIS, against al-Qaeda, against all of these terrorists, is somehow convening a conference on global warming, on climate change, and that that's going to send a chill up the spine of the people who want to erect their flag over the White House and the Vatican and the major European capitals. And it gives Americans a sense of unease, disquietude, real anxiety like, what's going on. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 11/25/15]
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