Former Weather Underground radical and colleague of President Barack Obama Bill Ayers told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly in an interview Monday that “I think throughout history we should build monuments to the unknown deserters.”
Reacting to a line of questions from Kelly regarding recently released U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, whom former platoonmates have accused of being a deserter, Ayers said, “I think Bowe Bergdahl, if he deserted, is a hero.” Politico reported on the interview, citing that the left-wing radical claims that Americans who fled to Canada during the Vietnam War were similarly heroes.
Ayers was a longtime fugitive for participating in the bombing of a New York City Police Department division, the Capitol building, and the Pentagon. He once said that ”I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” The New York Times reported that in 1970 he described the philosophy of his group, the Weathermen as, “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.”
Kelly asked Ayers: “You could have murdered somebody with those bombs… Who are you to endanger the lives of the individuals who may have been around the buildings at the time of the bombing?” Ayers replied that it was “reckless” and it “crossed lines with legality.” However, Ayers defended his actions by saying that the United States murdered people in Vietnam at the time. Kelly retorted, “So the answer is to make yourself a murderer as well?”