“We’re going to have to cut off Muslim students from coming to this country for some period of time,” Beckel said on Monday’s broadcast, discussing the bombings in Boston. The former campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign went on to say we should vet all Muslim students currently in the country “and decide whether some of the people here should be sent back home or sent to prison.”
BECKEL: We know now, there’s been enough research done, we know that one bottom line: in the Muslim communities around the world, they do not like us. They recruit people from poor areas and they turn them into terrorists. [...] It’s not hard to recruit though because the hatred for the United States runs deep. That’s why I get back to my point. I think we really have to consider, given the fact that so many people hate us, that we’re going to have to cut off Muslim students from coming to this country for some period of time so that we can at least absorb what we’ve got, look at what we’ve got, and decide whether some of the people here should be sent back home or sent to prison.
Beckel isn’t the only Fox News figure blaming all Muslims in the world for the actions of a few. Frequent guest host (and radio personality) Laura Ingraham argued on Monday as well that the United States shouldn’t allow any immigrants from majority-Muslim countries to enter the United States. “I would submit that people shouldn’t be coming here as tourists from Chechnya after 9/11,” Ingraham said. “Dagistan, Checnya, Kyrgyzstan, uh-uh. As George Bush would say, ‘None of them stans.’”