Elisabeth Hasselbeck (Credit: Fox News)

Fox News' Elisabeth Hasselbeck: President Obama is to blame for Donald Trump's Islamophobic new immigration plan

What passes for logic on "Fox & Friends"? Americans "must go to extremes" now "to feel safe," hence Trump


Scott Eric Kaufman
December 8, 2015 9:29PM (UTC)

On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Elisabeth Hasselbeck discussed Donald Trump's recently unveiled Islamophobic immigration plan, which they blamed -- of course, it being a Tuesday and all -- on President Barack Obama.

"Looking at Muslims coming in our country with a different analysis as opposed to Italians and Norwegians," Kilmeade began, "I think in many ways that people might say 'Wait, that might make a little bit more sense because, especially if you're coming from a war-torn nation, you should have a different look as opposed to somebody who is not.'"

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Hasselbeck agreed, albeit roundaboutly, saying that it's "unprecedented that religion would be a defining moment there, for someone to enter or not into this country. And that's what I think so many people have an issue with. We're in a tough situation right now. What do you think about Donald Trump's plan to not let any Muslims in? I don't think many are agreeing with him this morning."

It was at this point in the conversation that Hasselbeck adjusted course and found the real source of Trump's Islamophobia. "Well some will [agree with Trump], but some will also question, 'Why don't we just fix the actual system in place and Why don't we have a leader in place that would actually make us feel safe about terrorists so we didn't have to go to the extremes?'"

If only Obama would say, "Hey you, you believe this? Well, you're not coming into our country," Trump wouldn't be a xenophobe. Or something along those lines, as she goes on to say "I think a lot of people believe this country is about more than that and the terrorists want us to be not the way that we have been," which probably means something, but which can apparently only be translated by someone fluent in gibberish.

Fortunately, Kilmeade was right there to back her up, whatever it was she was saying. "Elisabeth, that's a great point," he said. "Because I think people saw the speech Sunday and they said, 'Wait a second, who's got our back?' He spent most of the speech saying what we're not going to do to fight them and what we shouldn't do when they're here."

He did acknowledge that "maybe [Trump's] going to far," especially in light of the fact that "even Dick Cheney came out on 'The Hugh Hewitt Show' yesterday and said, 'That's not our policy.'"

Watch the entire conversation below via Media Matters.

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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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