Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Monday night joined the chorus of conservatives criticizing the father of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for his actions and appearance during the five years his son was in captivity.
“But it is Robert Bergdahl, the father, who is also engendering some controversy. He has learned to speak Pashto, the language of the Taliban, and looks like a Muslim,” O’Reilly said on his show. “He is also somewhat sympathetic to Islam, actually thanking Allah right in front of the president.”
Bob Bergdahl has said that he taught himself Pashto so that he could better understand his son’s captors and that he grew his beard to mark the time his son was held prisoner. Some conservatives have also criticized him for his tweets, particularly one he allegedly published saying that he was “working to free all Guantanamo prisoners.”
“Fox and Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade attacked Bob Bergdahl and his beard on Tuesday morning.
“I mean, he says he was growing his beard because his son was in captivity. Well, your son’s out now. So if you really don’t — no longer look like a member of the Taliban, you don’t have to look like a member of the Taliban,” Kilmeade said. “Are you out of razors?”
Watch the O’Reilly clip via Fox News:
[H/t Washington Post]