Megyn Kelly hit out at Gen Z TikTok users as “morons” and “cretins who hate America” in response to social media clips showing them praising Osama bin Laden’s “letter” which sought to justify the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
“We have so lost the youth of this country that now 20 years later…they want to look back and rewrite the history of Osama bin Laden…” Kelly said during Thursday’s airing of her SiriusXM podcast “The Megyn Kelly Show.”
TikTok, which has aroused suspicion from the US government for its ties to the Chinese Communist Party, has already come under fire from critics who charge that it has spread pro-Hamas propaganda since the Oct. 7 massacre in Israel by the Palestinian Islamist terrorist group.
Meanwhile, a group of Jewish celebrities including “Borat” actor Sacha Baron Cohen and comedian Amy Schumer met with TikTok executives and demanded that the app do more to crack down on antisemitic content, according to The New York Times.
In her monologue on Thursday, Kelly condemned the “mind meld on college campuses that has corrupted and infected and toxified an entire generation.”
Kelly said that young people’s attitudes came about because “their parents failed them, their educators failed them, corporate America continues to fail them, the media continues to fail them, and it’s the fight for our lives.”
“If you don’t think this is coming to a school near you, or a community near you, you haven’t been paying attention,” Kelly said.
US lawmakers blasted TikTok after users of the popular video-sharing app resurrected a two-decades-old “letter to America” written by bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda terror chief who masterminded the deadliest attacks on civilians on the US soil.
In the letter, bin Laden claimed that he orchestrated the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans because the US “attacked us in Palestine.”
Bin Laden called the creation of Israel a “crime which must be erased.”
He also claimed that the AIDS epidemic was “a Satanic American Invention” and objected to US companies allowing women to have jobs, fuming, “You use women to serve passengers, visitors, and strangers to increase your profit margins.”
The antisemitic tirade went on to assert that in the US, Jews “control your policies, media and economy.”
The Guardian, which had published the full text of the letter in 2002, pulled it down on Wednesday, citing the fact that it was being “widely shared on social media without the full context. Therefore we have decided to take it down and direct readers to the news article that originally contextualized it instead.”
Kelly said on Thursday that parents were derelict in their duty.
“Get off your f–king iPhone. Pay attention to your child. Look at your kids lessons,” Kelly urged parents on Thursday.
“Do some parenting if you’re going to bother having a child and stop indoctrinating your own children to those of you who are on the left in this pernicious woke ideology because this is where it lands,” she said.
Kelly, a mother of three, said she was “very fired up about” the issue, adding: “We’re forgetting 9/11.
“You know what’s going to happen? It’s going to happen again,” she warned.
TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese tech firm ByteDance, has said it will crack down on content that promotes bin Laden’s 2002 letter.
“Content promoting this letter clearly violates our rules on supporting any form of terrorism,” TikTok said in a statement, adding that reports that it was “trending” on the platform were inaccurate.
A search for “Letter to America” on TikTok surfaced no results on Thursday, with a notice that said the phrase may be associated with “content that violates our guidelines.”
Some US lawmakers have called for a ban of the Chinese-owned app and had renewed their criticisms before Thursday’s announcement.
Democratic Representative Josh Gottheimer said on Wednesday on X, formerly Twitter, that TikTok was “pushing pro-terrorist propaganda to influence Americans.”
White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement on Thursday: “There is never a justification for spreading the repugnant, evil, and antisemitic lies that the leader of Al Qaeda issued just after committing the worst terrorist attack in American history.”
With Post wires