Fox News co-host and former “Real World” star Rachel Campos-Duffy said on Thursday’s “Outnumbered” that she blamed multiculturalism for creating an environment where joining the Islamic State terrorist group seemed “attractive” to American high school students.
Campos-Duffy, the wife of Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), made her comments during a conversation about ISIL recruitment, which the hosts of “Outnumbered” said was a very real and serious problem.
Fox Business Network reporter Charlie Gasparino, the show’s “One Lucky Guy” and lone male panelist, wasn’t moved by the arguments.
“Listen, I just wonder whether this is as big of a deal as we’re making it out to be,” Gasparino said. “Listen, kids have done stupid things for years.”
“This is beyond a stupid thing,” co-host Harris Faulkner said. “This is a deadly thing, potentially.”
Gasparino brushed off Faulkner’s comments and said gang violence was also deadly.
Co-host Sandra Smith redirected the conversation to Campos-Duffy, whom she said knew firsthand how vulnerable children are because she has seven kids.
Gasparino couldn’t resist.
“Your kids are vulnerable to ISIS?” he said.
“I think there’s a real threat and I think we have to think about how, what would inspire, what’s happening in the culture that would actually make this seem attractive,” Campos-Duffy said. “And, I think, and I’ve thought about it a lot and I think that what’s happening is that, you know, think about, there’s not very much assimilation. And then once kids go to school we have removed any kind of positive celebration of our culture, of our founders. And so there’s this vacuum.”
“Believe me, these kids from elementary to secondary to college, they’re buying into this multicultural, we’re the imperialists, we’re the bad guys, and so we have created a system that doesn’t reinforce and make people feel they belong to this country,” Campos-Duffy continued.
Gasparino said “you can’t blame multiculturalism” for what he called “a criminal problem.”
“It’s a multicultural problem,” Campos-Duffy said.
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