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Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Says 9/11 Families Wrong, Saudi Golf Tour Is Awesome!

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Fox News host Brian Kilmeade vehemently defended the controversial Saudi-backed golf tour on Tuesday, seemingly dismissing the intense backlash the league received from families of victims of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Moreover, the fox and friends star suggested, the LIV Golf Tour is needed because the PGA moved tournaments away from former President Donald Trump’s golf courses after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

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Earlier this month, the PGA Tour suspended 17 of its players, including multiple-time major champions Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, for defecting to the Saudi-funded rival. LIV Golf, backed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, has been accused of ‘sportswashing’ atrocities committed by the oil-rich monarchy and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including the vicious dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mickelson, who was given $200 million to join the league, was particularly criticized as he became the face of the tour. Having already sparked backlash for his apparent dismissal of Khashoggi’s murder, Mickelson and others have recently come under fire from 9/11 Families United for joining LIV while competing in this week’s US Open. (The PGA suspension has no impact on this major tournament.)

“They’re helping the Saudi regime ‘sportswash’ its reputation in exchange for tens of millions of dollars, at the same time our government is rolling out more damning evidence of Saudi culpability in the 9/11 attacks,” a Saudi official said. ‘organization. said. The group’s letter also noted that Osama bin Laden and 15 of the 19 attackers were Saudis.

Appearing on Fox Business Network Varney & Co.., However, Kilmeade suggested that the 9/11 families may have been a bit harsh on poor golfers.

“Saudi Arabia has never been a pure country. Few people say I’m so happy to deal with the Saudissaid the conservative Fox host.

After noting that President Joe Biden will visit the Crown Prince in the coming weeks despite calling the country a “pariah” state, Kilmeade – in a classic bit of whataboutism – invoked other sporting organizations getting involved with authoritarian rulers and brutal regimes.

“In China, regularly, the Uighurs are tortured and destroyed,” he exclaimed. “It’s genocide. We still see uninterrupted interaction between the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, everyone!”

Kilmeade and anchor Stuart Varney then took issue with the PGA being ‘the only game in town’ before applauding LIV commissioner Greg Norman and other golfers for taking on the long-running golf organization. Kilmeade, for example, compared LIV Golf to other upstart professional sports leagues such as the ABA and USFL, adding that the extra competition could be good for professional golf in the long run.

At the same time, he wanted critics – like the families of 9/11 victims – to trust his advice on the Saudi league because he is an expert on Middle East relations and terrorism.

“I’m not speaking for 9/11 families. I understand! No one has done more about the War on Terror and more studied and read more books about it than I have,” boasted the Fox News morning host. “But I also know that we are back in relations with Saudi Arabia, that we are working with them to destroy ISIS and al-Qaeda.”

Kilmeade then quickly touched on Trump and the loss of revenue from his golf courses following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

“It’s complicated, but don’t resist this tournament,” he fumed. “My God! You banned Donald Trump, you decided to remove the PGA from Donald Trump’s lessons. Guess what? The LIV tournament is going to be in Doral! So all of a sudden you want to boycott our president, the PGA wants it, and nobody’s supposed to have a problem with it?!”

Agreeing with Kilmeade, Varney further stated that “at some point the PGA must drop its threat to suspend all players who travel to the LIV Tournament”. The Fox & Friends star, meanwhile, had one last word.

“I understand that the PGA wants to defend itself and that the 9/11 families have every reason to speak out,” he concluded. “And Khashoggi was a brutal murder, but everywhere you go you have a Russian who owns the New Jersey Nets… for like 15 or 20 years and nobody talked about it!”

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