Fox News' Brian Kilmeade: "I'm tired of the Pope — he should stay home" because America's "the wrong country" for him

Kilmeade, a practicing Catholic, says that the pope should get back to him once he's successfully "taken on Islam"


Scott Eric Kaufman
September 17, 2015 10:53PM (UTC)

On Fox News Radio's "Kilmeade and Friends" Thursday morning, host Brian Kilmeade lashed out Pope Francis, who will be visiting the United States for the first time next week -- and who will be the first pontiff to ever address the United States Congress.

"I'm Catholic and he could stay home," Kilmeade said. "Some of his comments just have no place -- he's in the wrong country."

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Fox News' Chris Wallace replied, "What does that mean, 'He's in the wrong country'?"

"He doesn't like capitalism," Kilmeade responded. Pope Francis has referred to capitalism as a "vampire" and "the new tyranny," and that apparently upset the "Fox & Friends" co-host, as he proceeded to rattle off a list of problems that he believes Pope Francis should be tackling.

"He blames us and money for what's going on in the Middle East," Kilmeade ranted. "He says that global warming -- we've got to do more to have global warming -- we've doing more than anybody else. Get on China, show some courage. He's never visited our country before, now he gets around to it and he's critical going in?"

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"Take on Islam, then talk to me," said Kilmeade, who already probably never would have been interviewing the pope, but now most certainly won't be.

Wallace noted that "the preceding comments were those, and all emails should be sent to Brian Kilmeade," and that the likely story would be "Kilmeade, Brian, bashes pope."

"Tired of the pope," Kilmeade suggested.

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Listen to his comments below via Media Matters.

Popes and Presidents: A Century of Praise and Scorn


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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