Eric Bolling walked back his words about the Obama administration on Monday's "The Five."
The roundtable was discussing the White House's response to the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, which was initially believed to have been spurred by an anti-Islam film. Filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was recently questioned over potential probation violations.
On Monday, co-host Greg Gutfield blasted what he saw as an apology from the White House. Bolling pulled up a picture of Nakoula with probation officials, and went one step further. "America changed at that moment," he said. "To use what is being called a flimsy ploy to bring this guy in for questioning proves that the Obama administration, through all this appeasement and apologizing, answers to the Quran first and to the Constitution second."
Co-host Bob Beckel was outraged. "That’s just an outrageous statement. Even for you, that’s an outrageous statement,” he exclaimed, slamming his fist on the table. “That is the most — of all the things you’ve said, and I love you, brother, but that’s the most outrageous statement I’ve ever heard."
Bolling clarified his remarks later on in the "One More Thing" segment, saying, "What I meant was, rather than appeasing the Muslims, [President Obama] should worry about free speech first. That’s it. I’m done with, I don’t want to hear about it."