Megyn Kelly on pro-Osama bin Laden take: ‘The DEI thing is working out just great’

A generation’s take on Osama bin Laden is seen as evidence of a broken government education system; Megyn Kelly critiqued: “The DEI thing is working out just great.”

For those who thought a TikTok trend fueling support among young Americans for the terrorist leader behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attack was little more than a blip, a new poll demonstrated just how pervasive that mindset is among voters under 30 years old.

Wednesday morning, SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly reacted to the findings from the Daily Mail in conjunction with J.L. Partners with a direct shot at government schools pushing social agendas ahead of actual education as about one in five young Americans had something a positive view of bin Laden.

“The DEI thing is working out just great,” Kelly posted to X referring to diversity, equity and inclusion agendas.

Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, the man credited with killing bin Laden, agreed with Kelly that schools are responsible, tweeting: “Our schools are failing our children.”

A breakdown of the figures showed that among 18- to 29-year-old American voters, 12% had a somewhat positive view of the Al Qaeda founder while 8% said they had a completely positive view. An additional 17% responded with a mix of feelings on the terrorist.

Alternative demographic breakdowns found that among those polled, black respondents had the most similar responses with 18% seeing bin Laden either completely or somewhat positive.

Those over 65 years old had the strongest negative view of the terrorist at 93% completely against.

Commenting on the findings, JLP founder James Johnson told the Mail, “It is hard to avoid the conclusion that there is a cancer in the American body politic: a small but sizeable group of its youngest voters.”

“Polling has found that 18-29-year-olds are most likely to deny the Holocaust and, in our October Daily Mail poll we found that Gen Z Americans are more likely to sympathize with Hamas,” he added. “And now we have this on Osama Bin Laden, the man behind the biggest attack on American soil in its history. A few weeks ago his writings went viral, with young American praising the Islamist leader. Some wrote that off as a few shrill voices on social media, others suggested it was fake.”

“This poll shows that was no fad, but a reflection of real opinion amongst one in five 18-29-year-olds,” said Johnson.

In November, Osama bin Laden’s 2002 “Letter to America” began to circulate on social media and a slew of influencers began promoting the document and the dead terrorist’s positions against America, Israel and western culture writ large; even going so far as to justify the attack that killed 2,977 people in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, with more continuing to suffer and die from related injuries.

“This is a dangerous and slippery slope to go down,” National Chair of 9/11 Families United Terry Strada suggested to the Mail as she also blamed the government education system. Having lost her husband Tom when the World Trade Center was attacked, she further reacted, “What is wrong with our youth? How do they not realize the horrors of terrorism?”

In her own screed against the TikTok trend, Kelly had taken to X and blasted, “To the parents of all of these losers suddenly persuaded by the deranged musings of the man who murdered 3k American innocents: you failed. You were likely boozing, marching for some L-wing cause and/or simply ignoring your kids.”

“You failed to teach wrong from right, a proper moral code, a love of country and perspective on America’s role in the world. Bc you failed, my kids and others are going to have to grow up battling these a**holes for the future of the United States,” her post continued. “I have every confidence they can do it, but I resent and judge you for making it necessary as opposed to fostering a life in which they can focus solely on growth, joy, love, family, hard work and creation.”

Along with the polling regarding views of bin Laden, additional polling from JLP found nearly a third of the same age group considered the terrorist’s views good and 8% actually considered his views AND actions to be good.

Others weighed in with similar views as Kelly, including freshman Missouri Sen. Eric Schmitt (R) who asserted “DEI, CRT are poison.”

Kevin Haggerty


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