- Fox News host Brian Kilmeade argued cops should get to use harsh tactics when dealing with unrest and violence at protests, comparing antifa to the terror group behind 9/11 in a Fox Business Network appearance.
- “Sit there, lock them up and interrogate them, almost like you would Al Qaeda,” Kilmeade said.
- “Because they are undermining our country the same way these Islamic extremists were doing it.”
- There is little evidence showing antifa is as organised as some commentators depict it, with more organised chapters in cities like Portland compared to elsewhere.
- A Fox News spokesperson told Insider Kilmeade was focusing on antifa, and not referring to peaceful protesters in general.
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In an appearance on the Fox Business Network, Brian Kilmeade said police should be emboldened to use more intense tactics when dealing with unrest and violence at protests for racial justice.
Kilmeade, who is a co-host of the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends” as well as his own radio show, lamented local officials for not doing enough to quash escalations at the demonstrations.
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“When we start convincing law enforcement officials to not let the antifa individuals go,” Kilmeade said when asked how the unrest will end by a Fox Business host on how the unrest will end.
“Sit there, lock them up and interrogate them, almost like you would Al Qaeda,” Kilmeade said. “Because they are undermining our country the same way these Islamic extremists were doing it.”
“We were dead serious about that, we’re not dead serious about this.”
As Insider’s Sonam Sheth reported earlier in the summer, there is little evidence antifa is as organised as some claim, and the notion they are infiltrating protests has all the hallmarks of a domestic disinformation campaign.
A suspect in the killing of a pro-Trump activist in Portland, Michael Reinoehl, was a self-described follower of antifa, according to the BBC. Police fatally shot Reinoehl while attempting to arrest him.
Kilmeade also decried “outlandish out of towners” co-opting the protests, though there has been significant debate by experts over whether the longstanding notion of “outside agitators” is held up by evidence in most cases.
A Fox News spokesperson told Insider Kilmeade was focusing on antifa, and not referring to peaceful protesters in general.
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