John McCain not a fan of "Fox and Friends'" Islamophobia

Host Brian Kilmeade has a problem with the phrase "Allahu Akbar," a phrase similar to saying "Thank God"

By Prachi Gupta
September 3, 2013 9:30PM (UTC)
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Professional bully Brian Kilmeade was looking for some back-up from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) when he expressed outrage at footage of Syrians chanting “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!” after a rocket took down a Syrian fighter jet. Instead, Kilmeade got a lesson in Islamophobia.

"I have a problem helping those people out if they're screaming that after a hit," said Kilmeade, a knee-jerk reaction to something that he presumably thinks implicates these men as terrorists.


Practically pouncing on Kilmeade, McCain said, “Would you have a problem with an American person saying ‘Thank God? Thank God?’ That’s what they’re saying. Come on! Of course they’re Muslims, but they’re moderates and I guarantee you they are moderates.”

McCain, who has been a longtime proponent of intervention in Syria, argues that action against Assad will require a broad use of force.


h/t ThinkProgress

Prachi Gupta

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