‘Weasel Phrase’: Fox Guest Slams London Mayor For Urging People to Remain Calm
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) June 5, 2017
Conservative commentator Mark Steyn lambasted London Mayor Sadiq Khan for urging Londoners to remain calm during a period of heightened security presence after Saturday’s terror attack.
In a statement made in the wake of the London Bridge attack, which left seven people dead and dozens more injured, Khan said: “Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. There’s no reason to be alarmed.”
Those comments were seized on by President Donald Trump, who slammed the mayor in a tweet on Sunday, and doubled down (despite widespread criticism) on Monday.
In response to Trump, a Khan spokesperson said the mayor “has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks.”
And then Fox & Friends had Steyn on Monday morning who also took to bashing the mayor for his comments:
“Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, used this weasel phrase on yesterday, saying ‘you don’t need to be alarmed,’ he said this is one of the safest world cities on the planet,”
“And by world cities, he means places like New York, London or Paris that have become big, multicultural centers,” he continued, “where there all whole areas where you don’t know what’s going on, people are running mosques, people are part of networks.”
At that point, host Brian Kilmeade interjected, noting of Khan, “as a Muslim mayor, I would have loved to have seen him speak up and tell us the difference between what he thinks and what they think.”
“That would have gone a long way,” Kilmeade added.
Of course, Khan has repeatedly stressed the differences between his Muslim faith and the ideology driving acts of terror, as recently as Monday morning.
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