Charles Krauthammer chided President Obama for his administration's "fanatical" devotion to cover up any connection terror attacks may have with Islam. The syndicated columnist was commenting on the FBI redacting -- then unredacting -- the Orlando terrorist's 911 call in which he made jihadi comments and pledged allegiance to ISIS prior to last week's massacre at a gay nightclub.
"Everybody understands under President Obama you are not to make any reference that could possibly indict Islam or radical Islam, Islamism, in a mass murder. So you have to pretend otherwise," Krauthammer said on Monday's Special Report panel.
"What exactly are they accomplishing pretending they weren't said?" Krauthammer questioned. "It exposes the administration as fanatical in trying to cover up and hide the connection with Islam."
SHANNON BREAM, FOX NEWS CHANNEL: Today what has been grabbing headlines is the release of some of the 911 phone calls with the Orlando shooter during the process of that tragedy unfolding.
They were redacted this morning when we first got them. There were words that were omitted that just about any of us could figure out what the missing words were. There was an uproar about that, Brit Hume had commentary on that tonight.
By in afternoon we got unredacted portions of the phone calls. But still there are things missing that we might have questions about, Charles. But that was a quick pivot. And we're told by the White House tonight they had nothing to do with the decision either to redact or unredact.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Well, they may not have issued the order but everybody understands under President Obama you are not to make any reference that could possibly indict Islam or radical Islam, Islamism, in a mass murder. So you have to pretend otherwise.
Look, the reason they did a pivot is because it was beyond stupid. It was ridiculous. It was an embarrassment. As you say, everybody could see what the words underneath were. And what exactly are they accomplishing pretending they weren't said? And it exposes the administration as fanatical in trying to cover up and hide the connection with Islam. The guy goes in there and says I'm doing this as a Soldier of Allah in the name of [Abu Bakr al] Baghdadi and essentially declaring his allegiance and you're going to pretend it is something else and has to do with guns or has to do with homophobia? It's not going to work.
The other thing is, put this in the context of the eight minutes or ten minutes of the State Department record of the Rosen inquiry having to do with lying in the name of protecting the [Iran nuclear] negotiations. You've got an administration that has no respect for historical record for actual events. That's a larger issue and that's disturbing.