There he goes again. Just weeks after having dished out a heaping helping of red meat to Islamophobes and other nativists during a dreary three-and-a-half minute appearance with the Fox News prince of darkness, Bill O’Reilly, Gov. Pat McCrory is once more swimming in the murky Fox waters and misleading people about refugees.
This week it was a little lower down the food chain with Fox Business talking head Neil Cavuto (indeed, the Guv was back to skipping the necktie he felt compelled to don for O’Reilly) but the basic shtick was the same: Syrian refugees – dangerous and scary; Obama negligent and uncaring as whether he deposits terrorists into North Carolina; Pat McCrory – tough and vigilant (despite having absolutely no authority to do anything or any real knowledge as to any genuine risk on the ground).
The Guv, in an apparent effort to boost his approval rating on the fearful fringe, also declined an opportunity to criticize presidential candidate Donald Trump. Here’s the exchange:
Cavuto: “You know Governor, tomorrow I’ll be talking to Donald Trump on this issue. He’s taken it to the next level by saying we should go slow on allowing more Muslims into the country until we sort all of this out. How do you feel about that?”
McCrory: “I think you determine it by the country and the origin of the area that they’re coming from and my biggest concern is coming from those countries in which there’s basic a civil war going on at this point in time and where ISIS is very, very strong and where it’s impossible to do a background check.”
Translation: “I’m not courageous enough to criticize Trump directly as I don’t want to alienate his supporters or look overly two-faced (after all, he was a featured speaker at the last two state GOP conventions that I helped headline), but I also know I can’t get away with attacking all Muslims, so I’ll just mumble some gibberish about ISIS and civil wars and hope people don’t see the complete illogic given that escaping civil war is one of the signature characteristics of being a ‘refugee.'”
The bottom line: Expect to see more of this. McCrory seems to be intent on appearing “tough on immigration” and the issue is perfect for a politician given his utter lack of authority and responsibility on the matter and the vast number of right-wing media platforms looking to fill airtime.