There’s nothing like a national tragedy to bring out the worst in Fox News. So, dear readers, I think you are going to have a hard time deciding among this week’s crop of nominees which was the Most Outrageous Fox News Quote of the Week. Check them out after the jump, if you dare! UPDATED WITH A NEW ENTRY.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, I inadvertently omitted a major contender. So I'm adding it now. Since only 13 people have voted so far, I don't think it will skew the results too badly. If anyone wants to change their vote and can't, send me an email and I'll add your vote for you. The new entry appears at the bottom.
Sebastian Gorka blaming President Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Orlando shooting because they're not anti-Muslim enough:
“This attack in part was facilitated by the policies of this administration, President Obama and Secretary Clinton, that have allowed political correctness into the threat assessment. Today I beg the White House, stop with the political correctness. We need to destroy this enemy before more innocent people: gay, straight, black, white, brown, yellow are murdered on U.S. soil.”
Donald Trump, blowing the “secret Muslim” dog whistle:
“We’re led by a man that is a very — look, we’re led by a man that either is, is, is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind, you know, people can’t believe it. People cannot — they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the ways he acts and can’t even mention the words, 'radical Islamic terrorism.' There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable.”
“Joe the Plumber” calling for a “Gays For Trump” group:
“As far as going for Trump and endorsing him, this is something where homosexuals should be out here, ‘Gays For Trump.’ You know, Hillary Clinton uses them for lip service. Donald Trump wants to make sure everybody gets protected and so we should start seeing social media light up, ‘Gays For Trump.’”
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters psychoanalyzing why President Obama doesn’t like to use the term “radical Islam”:
“Behind that Mr. Cool exterior, he’s clearly a bedeviled man, a psychologically complex man, to the point where he makes Richard Nixon look like Mr. Normal. And there are, I think, several obvious factors for why he won’t say ‘radical Islam.’ One, his experience with Islam was as a child, before he could understand religion, in Indonesia, where Islam is at its most benign, and he romanticizes Islam. He refuses to accept any facts that portray any aspect of Islam, even the Wahhabi cult, as negative. But also, we have a president who can never admit he’s wrong. He’s so insecure and vain at the same time that, note, he never says I was—I’m sorry, I was wrong. He just doesn’t do it. And on top of that, he’s a weird case of arrested development.”
Megyn Kelly, validing Donald Trump’s "secret Muslim" dog whistle:
“Donald Trump’s response really taps into something, does it not, Brit? Because we’ve seen the president, I mean, after the journalists were beheaded, come out there and make this sort of off-hand remark and then he went off back to his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Remember that?
… And Donald Trump’s point, that he seems angrier at Trump, who said some things that offended President Obama—he does seem angrier at Trump than he does—than he seems or at least geared up when he talks about ISIS.”
“Terrorism expert” Scott Baio:
“Like I said, either [Obama’s] a sympathizer, a Muslim sympathizer or he’s a Muslim. To allow this to keep happening. Listen, these Muslim terrorists, radical Islamic terrorists, are saying they’re gonna kill us. They’re saying they’re gonna kill us and then they kill us and it’s still not enough for this president and Hillary Clinton to get serious about it and do something about it.
…Is [Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s end game] to totally eliminate the United States as it was created and founded and the way it is now?”
Bill O’Reilly, mocking Rep. James Clyburn:
“He [Clyburn] gets all, ‘It’s not about terrorism, it’s about gun control.’ And I just want to slap him, with all due respect. What it is going to take? Do the ISIS people have to come to your backyard, alright? Do they have to put you in a cage? Because they will. So when you start to tell Americans lies, that there isn’t a terror threat, that it’s all about gun control, and only if we banned all guns we’d be safe from ISIS. When you start to lie at that level, and it’s acceptable lies, then we’re in trouble as a country."
Dana Loesch, arguing against the banning of AR-15s:
"This is a war on women, because the AR-15 is the most popular rifle with women. You’re talking about disarming women."
OK, dear readers, those are your choices. Get out your thinking caps and vote below!
I’m not sure Dana is so much outrageous as going for Twit of the Year. She’s got my vote on that until Palin makes her next speech.
I’m not sure I can live with myself after being critical of picking the O’Reilly low hanging fruit each and every week, but Mr. No Spin gained national attention misrepresenting Clyburn’s statement and pulling a Trump. Bill’s got skills. And I don’t mean that as a compliment. Please forgive me, but he’s got my vote.
I think I’ll go with Baio, just because of that punchable, smarmy face.