Fox News’ token liberal host Bob Beckel declared himself a proud “Islamophobe” on-air Monday.
The hosts of “The Five” were criticizing members of the Muslim community who would not condemn the three men who attacked satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s offices and took hostages in a Paris kosher shop as “terrorists.”
“If you say, ‘It’s not Islamic terror,’ then when we kill terrorists, or I talk about terrorism, or we talk about terrorists, it’s not about Islam,” co-host Greg Gutfeld said. “You can’t accuse me of Islamophobia anymore if it’s not about Islam.”
“I just wrote a piece for USA Today that’ll be in next week. It said, ‘I’m an Islamophobe,'” Beckel chimed in later. “That’s right, you can call me that all you want.”
“How can you possibly not call these Islamist terrorists?” he continued. “You’re making us the enemy. We’re the enemy because we’re Islamophobes, apparently.”
During a segment on radical Islam last year, Beckel was decidedly less Islamophobic: he quipped that he had considered converting to the religion because “these radicals say ‘Well if you get killed, you get 72 virgins.'”
Watch below, via Media Matters: