When Fox News
host Brian Kilmeade
claimed on Monday's "Fox & Friends
" that he read Adolf Hitler
's notorious manifesto "Mein Kampf
" as part of his high school
curriculum, many people
were taken aback.
He was apparently trying to keep up with Gen. Mark Milley, who stated last week during congressional testimony that members of the armed forces should be "open-minded," "widely read," and educated on issues such as critical race theory
“I've read Mao Tse-tung, Karl Marx, and Lenin. That doesn't make me a communist,” Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Miley, according to Kilmeade, "completely missed the point."
“He said, ‘Oh, I read Mao, I read Stalin,'” Kilmeade insisted.
“We read ‘Mein Kampf’ in school, and no one thought we were Nazis
,” Kilmeade said. “That is part of the curriculum. You learn about other things and other insurgencies, and we get it. That has nothing to do with critical race theory.”
Critics on Twitter
weren't buying Kilmeade's story about reading Hitler's notorious anti-Semitic, world-domination screed as part of any public high school curriculum in America
, and even guest Rep. Dan Crenshaw
(R-Texas) seemed to suppress a smile when Kilmeade made the outrageous claim.
They also had no idea what Kilmeade was trying to achieve.
Brian Kilmeade claims to have read Mein Kampf in high school pic.twitter.com/E1kf62Oxrq — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 28, 2021
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) June 28, 2021
Prove me wrong. — Lionel Hutz Law
(@LionelHutz_Law) June 28, 2021
I'm always surprised when a Fox host claims to have read a book
, but I'm not surprised it's that one. — Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 28, 2021
Reading Nazi propaganda is fine
, but reading about historical systemic racism
is not. They are terrified of the truth, according to Kilmeade. — Victor Stoddard (@VicStoddard) June 28, 2021
Raise your hand if Mein Kampf was taught in your school. — Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) June 28, 2021
Sure, he could have read it, but the rest of the class was reading The Diary of Anne Frank, as required by the curriculum. — Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) June 28, 2021
I love how Brian Kilmeade completely misses the point while claiming that General Milley missed the point. — Megan (@justcuriousden) June 28, 2021
Is it just me, or did Kilmeade argue for CRT in schools
? — Ray Oyler (@sweetpup7) June 28, 2021
He's freaking out because critical race theory might be taught in schools, and he was taught Hitler's manifesto? — Kate Smith (@KateSmithAZ) June 28, 2021
— CHIDI® (@ChidiNwatu) June 28, 2021
Hello, @MassapequaPS, Brian Kilmeade is an alumni of yours. Is it correct that Hitler's Mein Kampf was studied at Massapequa High School in the late 1970s/early 1980s
, as he states
in the video above, please? Much appreciated. — Owen Williams (@OwsWills) June 28, 2021
Kilmeade went to Massapequa High School on Long Island
, New York
, in the 1980s, but the school could not be reached for comment right away.