8 Ways Right-Wing Media Exploited The Brussels Terror Attacks
Research ››› ››› CRISTINA LóPEZ G. & JULIE ALDERMAN
Right-wing media quickly exploited the terrorist attacks in Brussels by stoking fears about the U.S. refugee vetting process, calling for the profiling of Muslims, stoking anti-immigrant sentiments, hyping anti-Muslim fears, blaming political correctness for the victims of terrorism, crediting Donald Trump with being "right" when he said Brussels was turning into a "hell hole," calling for torture and waterboarding, and criticizing President Obama.
Terror Attacks Strike Brussels
Multiple Attacks In Brussels Leave Dozens Dead, Over 100 Wounded. Three explosions struck the capital of Belgium Tuesday morning, two in the city's airport and one at the Maelbeek metro station. The attacks came days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam, the man responsible for the Paris attacks last November:
ISIS claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks, but authorities said it's too soon to say for sure whether the terror group was behind the blasts.
A Belgian government representative told CNN that 10 people were killed and 100 wounded at Brussels' international airport. At least 20 people died and 130 were wounded at the Maelbeek metro station, officials said.
The blasts sent wounded people fleeing into the streets, spurred evacuations of nuclear plants and transit hubs and led to raids in some areas as authorities searched for suspects and evidence.
Authorities in Belgium have been trying to crack down on terror threats for months as they raided homes in the area in search of suspects. Tuesday's violence came just days after investigators closed in on Europe's most wanted man, Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, who was hiding out in a Brussels suburb.
The "working assumption" is that the attackers came from the network behind November's massacres in Paris, which left 130 dead, Belgian security sources said, while cautioning it is very early in the latest investigation. ISIS also claimed responsibility for those attacks. [CNN, 3/22/16]
Conservative Media Use Terror Attacks To Stoke Fears About U.S. Refugee Screening Process
Fox's Walid Phares: "The US Administration Doesn't Have A Vetting Process." On the March 22 edition of Fox Business' Varney & Co., Fox News Middle East and terrorism expert Walid Phares falsely claimed that the "U.S. administration doesn't have a vetting process" for refugees entering the country:
STUART VARNEY (HOST): Walid, would you hold on for one second? I'm going to roll a sound bite of Donald Trump appearing on Fox earlier this morning, talking about the border. Roll tape:
DONALD TRUMP: President Obama has taken in thousands of people, distributing all over the United States. We don't even know how many, and nobody even knows where they're going. And these are people that have no documentation, they have no -- they have no anything. Nobody knows anything about many of the people that we're bringing into our country. And it is going to lead to, you know, just catastrophic problems.
VARNEY: OK, you heard him there, Walid, any comment after that?
WALID PHARES: Well, of course, there are two key problems here and they're very clear. Number one is the vetting process. The U.S. administration doesn't have a vetting process, it was admitted by key agencies here because we don't -- we do not recognize that there's an ideology. And, if you don't do it, then there is no vetting process. But, more important is the fact -- why are these refugees actually leaving Syria? Because of the failure of our foreign policy in Syria. We should have had a free area inside Syria for those millions of refugees to be settled in their own home. [Fox Business, Varney & Co., 3/22/16]
Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade: "When You're Tolerant" Of Refugees Coming Into The U.S., "A Lot Of Times Your Neighbor Becomes Your Terrorist Or Your Bomber." On the March 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade asserted that sometimes "when you're tolerant" of refugees coming into the United States, "a lot of times your neighbor becomes your terrorist or your bomber." Kilmeade also asked frequent Fox guest Van Hipp what the administration can do to help "people who are getting a little concerned that security in our country doesn't have our back?":
VAN HIPP: The fight against radical Islam is the challenge of our time. In my book, The New Terrorism: How to Fight It and Defeat It, we talk about how since the 1500's, they've been talking about this. It's the challenge of our time.
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Yup, you know, you have the president who mocks people who are concerned about the types of people we're letting into our country, because they are listed as refugees. Even the pope is taking people who have problems like that to task. At the same time, when you're tolerant, a lot of times your neighbor becomes your terrorist or your bomber. When you go to get your ticket punched, or you go to get a ticket to travel in an international location, next thing you know you're a victim. What do you have to say to people who are getting a little concerned that security in our country doesn't have our back?
VAN HIPP: Brian, political correctness is literally killing us in this country. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/22/16]
Ingraham: "We Allow People To Come In Legally" Who Say "They're Going To Do Terror Attacks Against This Country." On the March 22 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show, host Laura Ingraham discussed the vetting process for refugees and immigrants, noting that one of the attackers in the San Bernardino, CA, terror attacks was allowed "to come in legally," even though she was "plotting against us" and "giving us signals that they're going to commit terror attacks against this country."
LAURA INGRAHAM: We have to know what this is going to do to the political situation here. We have to know what's going to happen here. Donald Trump said that we should stop the refugee program in the United States because we have no ability, or it looks like willingness, to do the type of vetting that would be required. Look, we have traditionally taken in refugees in the United States. But, as situations change, our willingness to step up and take in refugees has to change. Because it is not incumbent upon us to endanger the lives of Americans and have carnage in the streets in this country just so we can live up to whatever ideal [Council on American-Islamic Relations spokesperson] Ibrahim Hooper thinks we should represent. Just so we can live up to their ideal of, "oh America has always welcomed refugees and you want to change America." No, no, no. We want to keep Americans safe. And as we saw with the San Bernardino attackers, we allow people to come in legally in the United States who are plotting against us, who are actually on social media giving us signals that they're going to commit terror attacks against this country. Or at least empathize with the terrorists. And we still let them into the country. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 3/22/16]
Fox's Tantaros: Obama Hasn't "Backed Off Plans To Bring Thousands Of Refugees" To U.S. Despite The Fact That The Government "Can't Vet Them." On the March 22 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered, co-host Andrea Tantaros stoked fears about Obama's "plans to bring thousands of refugees here to the United States" when the government has "admitted they can't vet them":
ANDREA TANTAROS (CO-HOST): Because we have a commander in chief who has said repeatedly that he wants to not move forward with putting boots on the ground, I want to shift it a little bit back to the homeland here and the refugee issue that's facing us. We have a current administration that has not backed off its plans to bring thousands of refugees here to the United States when they've admitted they can't vet them. [Fox News, Outnumbered, 3/22/16]
Conservative Pundits Call For Profiling Of Muslims
Fox Regular Zuhdi Jasser: We Need To "Not Be Afraid To Profile." On the March 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, Fox regular Zuhdi Jasser asserted "We need to not be afraid to profile and follow ideas":
ZUHDI JASSER: This is a war. And we have to understand that there are so many fronts to this battle. It's a front as you've all have been fighting for in the media about free speech. It's a front about, you know, Muslims who are going to embrace democracy versus those who embrace theocracy. It's a front in homeland security in that we have to knock off and not be afraid to profile and follow ideas, not just following those who want to grab weapons in which often it's too late by the time they realize it. It's a front also in universities where we see the racialization of an idea like Islam and Islamism, rather than actually confronting debates that we need to have in our universities. There's so many fronts to this battle. And as long as political correctness and fear of being called a bigot dominates, we can't have the conversations that you and I have had so many times. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/22/16]
Fox's Ingraham Laments That "We Aren't Monitoring The People Who Come Into This Country" Including "More Than 100,000 Muslims Who Enter The Country Legally Every Year." On the March 22 edition of Fox & Friends, Fox contributor Laura Ingraham lamented that "we are not monitoring the people who come into this country" including the "more than 100,000 who enter this country legally every year." Ingraham also asserted that "it wasn't a Seventh Day Adventist who carried out the attack":
LAURA INGRAHAM: [W]e are not monitoring the people who are coming into this country. We have more than 100,000 Muslims who enter the country legally every year. Most of those people are law-abiding people. They don't commit any crimes.
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Yeah, I'm basically stripping naked before I get on an American Airlines jet.
INGRAHAM: Yeah, elderly people, veterans, they're patted down, felt up. We know that's happened to Americans. But when you go into Tel Aviv and you're leaving the airport in Tel Aviv, like I got my microphone taken apart. They took it away for three hours. They look right at you and say, "What are you doing here? Why are you coming to the country?" We don't do that.
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Well, you know what they do? They profile.
INGRAHAM: Well, they profile and, I'm sorry, but when we turned on the television this morning, I started watching you at 6 a.m., it wasn't a Seventh Day Adventist who carried out the attack. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/22/16]
Right-Wing Media Stoke Anti-Immigrant Sentiments
Fox & Friends: "They're Going To Be Crossing" The Southern Border In Mexico. On the March 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, Fox News contributor Rob O'Neill used the terrorist attacks in Belgium to raise baseless alarms that terrorists could enter the U.S. through the southern border, saying, "They're going to be crossing" the southern border in Mexico (emphasis added):
ROB O'NEILL: Well this is a big problem with the caliphates that we have going on in Syria. Look at the attacks in Paris -- they were ordered in Syria, they were planned in Belgium and then carried out in France, that's what President Hollande said back in November. This is a big issue. It shows how this is a multinational problem with not just ISIS, but Al Qaeda. I mean, right now no one has claimed responsibility. Ninety-nine percent -- this is ISIS-related. But there's a big problem out there. It's worldwide; it's in a lot of countries.
AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Rob, a lot of people that we have been interviewing this morning said when they looked at the news this morning, they thought, Oh, gosh, here we go again. And reading some of the information that our producers have put together after talking to you, and it says that, that you're saying that this isn't going to be the last of it, we're going to see more.
O'NEILL: This is definitely not the last of it. And these attackers, they may have come in, some of them, with the migrant problem, but I'd be willing to bet a lot of them were there. This -- there -- a lot of these people grew up in these places. There are parts of Belgium and parts of France, up in Norway, Sweden, where a lot of police, law enforcement, cannot go. These people -- they're almost fighting on their home turf because they grew up there. So this is a big issue. I mean don't get me wrong, they are coming in with the migrants, because they told us they would and they are. And then, they're going to be crossing the border, our southern border too, in Mexico. This is a big problem. And just because we're having a big election cycle right now where all we seem to talk about on the media is, you know, who's running for the presidency, they haven't forgotten about us and they don't really care. They're going to keep pushing on with their ideology. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/22/16]
Ingraham: U.S. Government Must Lock Down The Border. On the March 22 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show, Ingraham parroted Donald Trump, saying that "the responsibilities of the U.S. government is today with keeping the border secure, locking it down. Those who come into the country, that are allowed to be here -- it's a privilege to come into the United States. It's not a right. Nobody has a right to be here except the people who are born here":
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Donald Trump this morning was on Fox News talking about what the responsibilities of the U.S. government is today with keeping the border secure, locking it down. Those who come into the country, that are allowed to be here -- it's a privilege to come into the United States. It's not a right. Nobody has a right to be here except the people who are born here. Nobody has a right to come here. And somehow we've become the depository of radicals and wannabe Islamists who believe they can come here, meld into society, and then complain about society. Or, worse, plan attacks against society. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 3/22/16]
Right-Wing Media Hype Anti-Muslim Fears
Brian Kilmeade: "The Last 5,000 Terror Attacks" Have Begun With "An Arabic Phrase." On the March 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade suggested that all terror attacks are carried out by Muslims, saying that in Belgium, "after screaming out an Arabic phrase, shots went out, and a bomb blew up. That starts the last 5,000 terror attacks that we opened up our show with over the last 12 years":
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): You know what [the Israelis] do? They profile.
LAURA INGRAHAM: Well, they profile and, I'm sorry, but when we turned on the television this morning, I started watching you at 6 a.m., it wasn't a Seventh Day Adventist who carried out the attack. No one in this country would think --
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): He screamed -- the first thing we heard is, after screaming out an Arabic phrase, shots went out, and a bomb blew up. That starts the last 5,000 terror attacks that we opened up our show with over the last 12 years. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/22/16]
Right-Wing Media Pundits Blame Political Correctness For The Attack
Laura Ingraham On Brussels Attacks: "Political Correctness Can Sometimes Kill." On the March 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, Ingraham suggested that "political correctness" may be in part to blame for the attacks in Brussels, saying "political correctness can sometimes kill ... Because being accused of Islamophobia is actually worse than plotting a terror attack in some circles":
LAURA INGRAHAM: We, in the United States, I think, are taking a moment to rethink how we approach just fundamental issues of border control, controlling those who come in to the United States on visas, understanding that political correctness can sometimes kill. And when I say kill, sometimes people are afraid to say something even if they see something. Remember the reports --
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Sometimes? The whole country is on pins and needles on a daily basis.
INGRAHAM: Because being accused of Islamophobia is actually worse than plotting a terror attack in some circles.
KILMEADE: Absolutely. Yeah.
INGRAHAM: Remember, the reports that the neighbors of the San Bernardino attackers had seen some unusual activity. We don't know to the extent that they shared that information with authorities. It looks like they didn't.
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Because they didn't want to be labeled racists.
INGRAHAM: I think, again, people jump to the Islamophobia, or you're racist, or you're anti-woman, and this is just common-sense pragmatism. What are we doing right now to examine our priorities of admission into the country? Tracking those people who come into the country from predominantly Muslim countries or countries that have porous borders? Are we doing what the 9/11 Commission actually recommended -- entry/exit fingerprints. We're not doing that. We were just talking out in the hallway here. People forget, those towers in lower Manhattan are no longer here. We lost the World Trade Centers and we're still talking about this. It doesn't mean we should turn ourselves into a police state. It means that we should control our borders and be ever more vigilant about who comes into this country.
DOOCY: You sound like Donald Trump; he said the same thing 40 minutes ago. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/22/16]
Outnumbered Guest: "Political Correctness Is Getting People Killed." On the March 22 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered, Fox News national security analyst Kathleen "K .T." McFarland blamed the government and political correctness for the victims of terrorism, saying people "don't want to insult anybody" and terrorists are "taking advantage of our reluctance to hurt their feelings":
KATIE PAVLICH (CO-HOST): Hey, K.T., it's Katie Pavlich. You talked about how the American people are spooked about this, as they should be. In the Cold War, the government was actually telling people specific things to look for and to do should we be attacked. We had Catherine Herridge on earlier; she detailed what these suicide bombers look like. One has a glove on, with one hand, and the other hand is bare. Don't you think the government should be doing more at home to be telling Americans what to look for in this new age of Islamic terror and how to make sure that if they see something, say something, but they have to look and see the right things? They're not trained to point out this type of thing at an airport or in a crowded train station here in the States. They just don't know what to look for.
K. T. MCFARLAND: Well, but Katie, in fact we're doing just the opposite. That the government says and our national leaders say to us, "Look we don't want to discriminate against [INAUDIBLE], we don't want to rush into any conclusions." And we've seen political correctness is getting people killed, that instead of seeing something, saying something, even if you don't know what you're seeing, saying something; in fact, the prejudice is to do just the opposite. You don't want to go out there and say anything. You don't want to insult anybody. But on the on the other hand, if you don't see something and say something, what happens? Terrorists are given a very free rein. They're taking advantage of our reluctance to hurt their feelings and that is why I think political correctness is getting people killed. [Fox News, Outnumbered, 3/22/16]
Conservative Media Claim That Trump Was Right
Fox To Trump Following Brussels Attacks: "Were You Right?" On the March 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade used the attacks in Brussels to ask Donald Trump, "Were you right," when "about month ago in The New York Times called you a racist because you said Brussels and Belgium's turning into the hell hole?" Trump replied, "Of course I'm right. ... Brussels is an armed camp":
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): It was a few days ago, it was actually about month ago in The New York Times, called you a racist because you said Brussels and Belgium's turning into a hell hole, if I could paraphrase. What do you say about them then and what do you say now?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, The New York Times has no clue as to what's going on in the real world. They have no clue. It's a failing newspaper. They don't know what they're doing. It will be closed, unless somebody buys it a as a trophy and loses a fortune. You know, the whole thing is ridiculous. We listen to people like this and you listen to people. They blew a newspaper right out of the woods. They went into other businesses, lost billions of dollars, and then we're supposed to sit back and listen to The New York Times. The fact is that we have a situation worldwide, a situation that is out of control and just all I do, I'm looking at your pictures now on the show, it's disgraceful. And that's what it is. And I've been saying it for a long time.
KILMEADE: Donald, Donald Trump, I don't think I did a good job describing it to you. What I was saying is what do you think of The New York Times? They took you to task about your assessment of Brussels. Were you right?
TRUMP: Oh, of course I'm right. I mean, just turn on the television and obviously look at Fox & Friends, you know. Of course. I mean, you take look at it. Brussels is a disaster. And it's been a disaster -- Brussels is an armed camp. And I'm not talking about today. You go down into Brussels now, it's an armed camp. If you went into Brussels 20 years ago, it was like a magical city.
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Right.
TRUMP: It was a magical city and now you look at it, it's an armed camp. I'm just looking at your pictures on television right now, it's horrible. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/22/16]
Ed Klein On Fox Business: "Sources Inside The Trump Camp Say" This Is Donald's "'I Told You So' Moment." On the March 22 edition of Fox Business' Varney & Co. host Stuart Varney gave discredited author Ed Klein a platform to say "my sources inside the Donald Trump camp say that they believe this is Donald's 'I told you so' moment":
STUART VARNEY (HOST): Ed Klein is with me. Now Ed Klein is a serious opponent of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He's got a smile on his face this morning. Now in all seriousness, Hillary went on the Today show. That's the one appearance that she's made to my knowledge thus far this morning. She said it would be extremely difficult to implement a policy of closing the borders. That was her comment. Does she stand to lose politically from the developments in Brussels and her reaction and Trump's reaction?
ED KLEIN: Well, you know one of Hillary's main objects has been to drive out the liberal vote in the primaries and the general election by making Donald Trump look very scary.
KLEIN: But what's more scary, Donald Trump or Islamic radical terrorism? I think this is a blow to Hillary's effort to make, paint Donald in that kind of way. And my sources inside the Donald Trump camp say that they believe this is Donald's "I told you so" moment. [Fox Business, Varney & Co., 3/22/16]
Conservative Media Call For Waterboarding
Fox's Ingraham: "I Bet A Lot Of People Today in Belgium" Wish They Had Waterboarded Terror Suspect To Stop Brussels Attacks. During the March 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, Fox contributor Laura Ingraham said, "I bet a lot of people today in Belgium and across Europe are wishing that they had gotten more information from this individual":
LAURA INGRAHAM: And we knew after this suspect -- suspect, as the terrorist was brought into custody last weekend that they had crossed the border into Europe, with the refugees. Because he would have been apprehended at a normal entry/exit point because he was wanted already. He was on a watch list. So they entered Europe with the mass of humanity that's crossing the border still into Europe, or was until last week. So apparently there were dozens and dozens with him; where are they? I don't know how they interrogated this guy. Everyone's like, "Trump is waterboarding -- that's outrageous." I bet a lot of people today in Belgium and across Europe are wishing that they had gotten more information from this individual. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/22/16]
Limbaugh Suggests That Clinton's Warning Against Waterboarding Makes The U.S. "Wusses." On the March 22 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show, host Rush Limbaugh criticized Hillary Clinton for advocating against waterboarding and the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, suggesting that refusing to waterboard makes the U.S. "wusses":
RUSH LIMBAUGH: Hillary Clinton: "U.S. response to Brussels must be consistent with our values." Nothing offends me more -- and that's saying something -- than to hear people like Hillary Clinton, or Bill Clinton, or Barack Obama talking about American values. Because their definition of American values, I don't recognize. And they always talk -- whenever there is an attack, whenever the bad guys hit the good guys, whenever the bad guys kill the good guys -- "We must measure our response. Our response must be consistent with our values." What values? What values is she talking about? She acknowledged that "Americans have a right to be frightened after San Bernardino, but that experienced military leaders say techniques like waterboarding are not effective. We do not need to resort to torture. Terrorists are not stupid. We've got to work this through consistent with our values." So the first thing they think of, the first thing -- when something like Brussels happens, the first thing Hillary Clinton feels compelled to go out and say is to warn us that "we better not waterboard again, we better not behave like they do, we better not compromise our values in fighting these people, we had better remember who we are." Who are we? A bunch of wusses in your world? Asking why do they hate us so much? Asking what did we do to make them mad? And then not having the guts and the honesty to answer that correctly. They hate us so much because we are not of the same religion as they are. Pure and simple. It's no more complicated than that. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 3/22/16]
Conservative Media Use Attacks To Criticize Obama
Fox's Karl Rove: Obama "Spends His Time Worrying About Cuba And American Tourism" Instead Of Terrorism. During the March 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, Fox political contributor Karl Rove criticized the president for prioritizing "Cuba and American tourism" when he "ought to be worrying about Islamic terrorism":
KARL ROVE: We have an administration that will not acknowledge that we are in a global war on Islamic -- against Islamic terror. That they have declared that war on us, that they declared it long before 9/11, that they came at us hard on 9/11 and we're in a war for, basically, the future of western civilization, and the president spends his time worrying about Cuba and American tourism and not as much time as he ought to be worrying about Islamic terrorism, and the words can't pass his lips.
BRIAN KILMEADE: Real quick Joe, do you think the president should come home? Or watch that baseball game today? [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/22/16]
Fox's Varney: Obama Is "Shaking Hands With A Communist Dictator" As "Europe Is Paralyzed By Terror." During the March 22 edition of Fox Business Network's Varney & Co., host Stuart Varney claimed the "optics" of Obama's trip to Cuba "don't look good," stating that Obama is "shaking hands with a communist dictator" while "the West comes under attack":
STUART VARNEY (HOST): Bottom line is that Belgium, the country, has been shut down, essentially. That's what's happened. President Obama is in Cuba at this point. He's going to make a speech at around 10 minutes past 10, Eastern time. We believe he may address this issue, this terror attack at the top of his speech. But the optics don't look good. Here is the president of the United States, in a foreign country, shaking hands with a communist dictator, as people die and Europe is paralyzed by terror. ... As the West comes under attack. [Fox Business, Varney & Co., 3/22/16]
Right-Wing Radio Host Michael Berry: "I Do Not Believe [Obama] Has Feelings For Other People." During the March 22 edition of iHeartRadio's The Michael Berry Show, host Michael Berry accused Obama of being "clearly bothered" that the terror attacks "interrupted" his "grand trip" to Cuba. Berry added that he gets the sense Obama is "a spoiled, rotten only child" who demands attention and gets "mad" when he doesn't get it:
MICHAEL BERRY: President Obama is speaking in Havana right now clearly bothered that his grand trip, his crowning moment, is being interrupted by a terror attack in Belgium. I don't personally know Barack Obama. And it's a dangerous thing to assume what is in a man's heart if you don't know him, but I have his deeds, I have almost eight years of his deeds in public life, actually I have over eight years if you count when he was running. And I feel very comfortable saying, and I do not care what anyone thinks in response -- you can have your own impression, but you can't have mine. I do not believe that this man has feelings for other people. There's an interesting interview we'll play for you of Donald Trump, and I actually do compare the two of them for a number of reasons. The deep insecurities, the inability to empathize with other people. The language of empathy is not the emotion of empathy. And listen we've all known the lady that wants to mother everybody and feels bad for everyone, and pat them on the head and make it all go away. I'm not asking for that. But there is a sense of connection human beings have at the animal level, a sense of connection that smiles when they see a baby, that is concerned when they see the elderly shuffling along, that reacts when a man hits a woman, that when there's an accident wants to dive in and help and pull people out. That's a sense of humanness and I get out of Obama the idea that he is a spoiled, rotten only child demanding that his parents or his mommy turn and pay attention to me, what I'm doing right here, right now, and it's his birthday party and the house next door has burned down and people have left the cake and gone outside to watch as the next door family is dragged out dead and he's mad. It's his birthday. [iHeart Radio, The Michael Berry Show, 3/22/16]
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