Clayton Morris, a host of Fox News’ “Fox and Friends Weekend,” sought to clarify his position on internment camps for Muslims after two panelists suggested that British Muslim should be herded into camps. In the wake of the third deadly Islamic terrorist attack in the UK in as many months, Morris said that rounding up Muslims would be “reprehensible.” Speaking on behalf of the Fox network, Morris said “Earlier on the show, we had a couple of guests mention the word ‘internment,’ the idea of internment camps, as a possible solution to this.” He added, “I think I made it well known my feeling on that, which I find reprehensible, but on behalf of the network, I think all of us here find that reprehensible here at Fox News Channel, just to be clear.”
One of the guests who suggested interning Muslims in Britain was Nigel Farage a former leader of the UK Independence Party and Brexit advocate who is now a Fox News contributor. Touting the idea of internment camps, Farage said, “We want genuine action, and if there is not action, then the calls for internment will grow.” Farage added, “We have over 3,000 people on a sort of known terrorist list, and we’re watching, monitoring their activities. But [there are] a further 20,000 people who are persons of interest, namely they’re linked in some way to extremist organizations. Unless we see the government getting tough, you will see public calls for those 3,000 to be arrested.”
Farage admitted, however, that Britons “might alienate decent, fair-minded Muslims in Britain.”
Later on, Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins, who has been labeled an Islamophobe, agreed with the concept of internment camps. “We do need internment camps,” she said. “Before, I would have bought the idea that this gets more people radicalized — you know, that’s not the solution. But we’ve gone beyond the tipping point. This country cannot take another attack.”
President Donald Trump responded to Saturday’s terror attack by promoting his executive order banning travel and immigration from six majority-Muslim countries. In Sunday’s tweets, he commented about London Mayor Sadiq Khan -- the first Muslim to head a major Western capital.
On “Fox and Friends Weekend,” Morris said: “Notice we’re not having a gun debate right now, because they didn’t kill with guns. They killed with knives. They killed with an ideology.” Trump echoed similar statements on Twitter.