'Fox & Friends' host forced to issue on-air statement after internment camp discussions

Rob Tornoe

Updated: Sunday, June 4, 2017, 12:44 PM

Fox & Friends host and former Fox 29 anchor Clayton Morris needed to make it clear Sunday morning that he and his co-hosts think the idea of setting up internment camps in England as a possible solution to terror attacks is “reprehensible.”

“I think all of us here find that idea reprehensible here at Fox News channel,” Morris said on Sunday morning.

Guests on @FoxAndFriends discussed "internment" talk in UK, so Fox felt it should clarify: the network thinks that's a "reprehensible" idea

Morris issued the statement on behalf of the network because earlier in the show, the idea of internment camps came up in discussions with two guests following Saturday night’s deadly attacks in London, which killed 7 people and left another 48 injured.

Fox News contributor Nigel Farage, a former British politician and Trump ally who campaigned for Brexit, was first to bring up the idea of internment camps after calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to go further in stopping refugees, especially those that have fought in Syria, from entering the country.

“We have 3,000 people on a known terrorist list,” Farage said. “But we have 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 added, admitting that approach could alienate the Muslim community in England, the overwhelming majority of which are not linked in any way to terrorism.

But later on Fox & Friends, Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins didn't appear to show any concern in calling for the arrest of Muslims suspected of having ties with extremist elements.

“We need to hear… that 3,000 people on the watch list are going to be rounded up,” Hopkins said. “We do need internment camps. Before, I would have bought the idea that this gets more people radicalized… but we’ve gone beyond the tipping point.”

The clarification by Clayton about internment camps is also noteworthy because President Donald Trump made it clear Sunday morning he was watching the broadcast.

Shortly after psychologist Dr. James Mitchell criticized political correctness in the fight against terrorism, Trump sent out a tweet echoing his words.

We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse

Later in the morning, Morris noted that because the attackers were carrying knives instead of guns, there was no debate about gun control.

“Notice we’re not having a gun debate right now because they didn’t kill with guns, they killed with knives,” Morris said.

Minutes later, the president sent out a tweet that nearly matched Morris’ comment word for word.

Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That's because they used knives and a truck!

Rob Tornoe

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