Apparently, Jon Stewart’s devastating take down of Fox Newsies salivating to shred Constitutional rights struck a nerve with both Eric Bolling and Bob Beckel, each of whom had a featured role. On Friday’s The Five, Bolling said, ““Hey, Jonny-boy, pull up a chair right here between Bob and me and let’s debate this thing. Come on. You got the cojones?”
Bolling described Stewart’s segment on The Daily Show as a “piece of sh- satire.” He played a clip of Stewart saying that Bolling got his statistics that 1.5 million “radicalized” Muslims want to kill us from his “ass.”
Holding up a print-out from Pew Research, Bolling defended his numbers on Friday. “13% Muslim Americans are cool with suicide-bombing innocent civilians,” Bolling insisted, as if that proved his point. In fact, the report found:
Very few Muslim Americans – just 1% – say that suicide bombings against civilian targets are often justified to defend Islam; an additional 7% say suicide bombings are sometimes justified in these circumstances.
In addition, the survey finds that younger Muslim Americans – those under age 30 – are both much more religiously observant and more accepting of Islamic extremism than are older Muslim Americans. Younger Muslim Americans report attending services at a mosque more frequently than do older Muslims. And a greater percentage of younger Muslims in the U.S. think of themselves first as Muslims, rather than primarily as Americans (60% vs. 41% among Muslim Americans ages 30 and older). Moreover, more than twice as many Muslim Americans under age 30 as older Muslims believe that suicide bombings can be often or sometimes justified in the defense of Islam (15% vs. 6%).
The point is, there’s a big difference between saying you might condone suicide bombings in some cases and condoning them in the United States. Nor, as Bolling suggested, does that mean that all those Muslims are looking to kill Americans.
But Bolling insisted there are 357,000 “potential Tsarnaevs walking around our schools, our parks and our ballgames.”
Then it was Beckel’s turn., “I was a liberal activist and a progressive before you were out of your Pampers,” Beckel said, conveniently ignoring that he now gets a paycheck from the Birther Network.
The video ends with Kimberly Guilfoyle giggling and swinging her bare leg up and down, as if waving at the camera for attention.
Nice try, assholes.