Liberal Bob Beckel, who once again floored conservatives this week, is standing by his controversial statement that the United States should stop allowing Muslim students into the country for the next two years.
After receiving criticism for his comment from Monday, Beckel stood firmly behind, and defended, his statement again Tuesday on “The Five.”
Beckel originally said Monday:
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 coming to this country for some period of time so that we can at least absorb what we’ve got, and look at what we’ve got, and decide whether some of the people here should be sent back home or sent to prison.
Beckel acknowledged that his comment was controversial, especially to his liberal friends, but he said he would not pull back from it.
He reiterated his point which, oddly, conservative Dana Perino, disagreed with:
There are 75,000 Muslim students in the United States right now, of which 20 percent have never showed up at their schools. There’s another 20,000 coming in the fall of this year. I have no problem with those people staying…they have every right to get an education, they’ve been approved.
What I said was, we need two years to allow this to get worked out in the United States because the FBI’s got active files on a number of students, visa holders who are Muslim, who are not in school, and some who are.
And if the FBI could not deal with this fellow in Boston, with all they had on him, it seems to me that we ought to give them time to clear up their problems with the current Muslim population here and then let the students come back in.
Watch the Beckel, Perino political role reversal on Tuesday’s “The Five” via Mediaite: