A Donald Trump surrogate who made waves Wednesday for saying that the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II provided a “precedent” for creating a registry of Muslims in the U.S. attempted to walk back that comment by asserting he was “shocked” Megyn Kelly even brought up the topic.
Carl Higbie returned to Fox News’ “The Kelly File” Thursday night and began the segment by saying that he hadn’t been referring to forced internment, but rather high-level vetting of Japanese immigrants following World War II. Higbie shifted the blame entirely to Kelly for bringing up Japanese internment camps.
“I was quite frankly shocked that you brought in interment camps,” Higbie said. “It was a reference to the scrutiny of immigration and the stopping of immigration and the registration of immigrants coming from Japan and Italy and Germany. Nothing to do with interment camps whatsoever.”
Kelly then replayed his remarks from Wednesday night, pointing out that he did not appear shocked when he said that there was “precedent” for internment camps. During that previous exchange, Higbie argued a Muslim registry would “hold constitutional muster” because “we did it during World War II with the Japanese.”
“Come on. You’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope,” Kelly said.
“No no no, I’m not proposing that at all Megyn,” he said.
“You know better than to suggest that,” Kelly said. “That’s the kind of stuff that gets people scared, Carl.”
“I’m just saying, there’s precedent for it,” he countered. “I’m not saying I agree with it.”
After playing the exchange, Kelly told Higbie “you mentioned the Japanese and World War II.”
“I did, but I did not mention internment camps,” Higbie countered.
“I know but that’s kind of the big story about what we did here with the Japanese,” Kelly said.
Higbie then sang the swan song of the scorned: he blamed the media.
“I think the left wing media took this by the horns because they’re not a fan of Donald Trump,” Higbie said. “This is exactly why he run because of the dishonest media.”
Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also appeared on Kelly’s show and opened his remarks with a quip that summed it all up.
“To Carl, have you no sense of decency?” he asked.