Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) said during his radio show on Wednesday evening that his social media post earlier in the day calling for Islamic terrorists to “behead the cowards at CNN, MSNBC” and other news outlets was “satire.”
Walsh was upset that numerous news outlets had refused to show cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad that were originally published by the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which was the target of a deadly terrorist attack last week.
So on Wednesday afternoon, Walsh turned to Twitter to express his hope that future targets of Islamic extremists would include American news outlets.
Let’s hope that when the Islamists next strike they first behead the appeasing cowards at CNN, MSNBC, etal who refused to show the cartoons.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 14, 2015
On his radio show, which is broadcast on radio stations WNYM in New York City and WIND in Chicago, the one-term congressman said he had been “exaggerating” and “using satire to make a point.”
He said, however, that he stood by the basic idea of his tweet.
“I don’t hope there’s another terrorist attack. I know there’s going to be one,” he said.
When that happens, Walsh added: “Put the cowards in line first! Put the appeasers at the front of the line! … I hope they’re at the front of the line to be beheaded.”
“The appeasing cowards at every single media outlet in the Western world that refuse to show these Mohammed cartoons – they will get more innocent people killed,” he said. “They’ve got blood on their hands.”