McCain Rips Fox Anchor Over 'Allahu Akbar'

Kilmeade thinks the comment is offensive, McCain recoils

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 3, 2013 1:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – John McCain has been taking some flak from Fox News, whose anchors have been accusing him of "bailing out" President Obama by backing the notion of a military strike on Syria, reports Mediaite. The tensions seemed to spill over in a recent segment in which host Brian Kilmeade played a clip of a Syrian rebel shooting down a plane and yelling "Allahu Akbar":

  • Kilmeade: “I have a problem helping those people if they’re screaming that after a hit."
  • McCain: "You have a problem with that? Would you have a problem with an American, a Christian, saying, ‘Thank God? Thank God?’ That’s what they’re saying. Come on. Of course they’re Muslims. But they’re moderates, and I guarantee you that they are moderates. I know them and I’ve been with them. For someone to say ‘Allahu Akbar’ is about as offensive as someone saying, 'Thank God.'"

Sen. John McCain speaks with reporters outside the White House Monday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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