Fox News' Brian Kilmeade coaches Donald Trump to redirect his 9/11 assault away from George W. Bush and towards Bill Clinton

Brian Kilmeade seemingly hopes to avert further Republican-on-Republican attacks


Sophia Tesfaye
October 19, 2015 6:16PM (UTC)

The hosts of "Fox & Friends" are concerned that their old friend, Donald Trump, may be taking a "cheap shot" at former President George W. Bush with his latest attacks on rival Jeb Bush so they are helpfully offering him some words of advice: Blame Bill Clinton for 9/11 instead.

"You might be madder, Donald Trump ... at Bill Clinton for not taking a legitimate shot at somebody who declared war on us in the '90s," host Brian Kilmeade suggested this morning. Clinton, Kilmeade argued, was more responsible for the terrorist attacks that happened months after he left office because he failed to adequately warn the incoming Bush administration.

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"In reality though, you have to think about 2001. When we walked in to -- when the president walked into his four years in office, Al Gore and George Bush weren't even debating Al Qaeda, even though Bin Laden declared war on us in 1996," Kilmeade argued.

Trump has pounded Jeb Bush for claiming that his brother, former president George W. Bush, kept Americans safe despite being in office during the most deadliest attack on U.S. soil.

"If you look at it, Jeb during the debate, said 'my brother kept us safe,' and I said to myself I didn’t want to embarrass him that night, but I said to myself, well wait a minute, he kept us safe? We lost the World Trade Center on Sept. 11," Trump, who makes nearly weekly appearances on the Fox News morning program, later argued.

Kilmeade, who revealed that he had disagreed with Trump over this issue for three years, suggested that Trump should focus the blame for 9/11 to Bill Clinton.

"You might be madder, Donald Trump ... at Bill Clinton for not taking a legitimate shot at somebody who declared war on us in the '90s," Kilmeade said.

"To say that Bush lied is a Michael Moore lie," Kilmeade argued. "Why would you pick this argument because this is a Michael Moore, leftist, 'I hate everything Republican' argument."

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When Trump refused to let up on holding Bush accountable for failing to prevent 9/11, co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck jumped in to defend the former president, pointing to his post 9/11 presidency.

"Well we haven't had a major problem at home. I agree with that. I've never disagreed with that," he said. "But we attacked a country, we spent $2 trillion attacking a country, and you know what we have for it right now? Zero."

Watch Fox News fail at convincing Donald Trump to stop his attacks on the Bush brothers:


Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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