Megyn Kelly continued her tough line of questioning in part two of her confrontational interview with former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, which aired on Tuesday. During the culmination of the discussion, Kelly grilled Ayers on his relationship to President Barack Obama and asked him what it would take to “make you bomb this country again.”
Much has been made of the fact that Obama, who lived in the same neighborhood as Ayers at one point, attended an event at Ayers’ Chicago home as the future president prepared to run for Illinois state Senate. But Ayers claims he hardly knew Obama and doesn’t speak to him today.
“I knew him as well as he knew 10,000 other people,” Ayers aid. “Today, I wish I knew him much better and I wish he’d listen to me.”
Ayers also said he has not been in contact with Obama one time since he became president in 2008.
“Never — although I wish I were [in contact with him],” he added. “I want him to stop droning people, I want him to close Guantanamo, I want him to, you know, universal health care.”
Kelly later pressed Ayers on one of the more controversial statements he’s made since becoming an academic. He is quoted as saying, “I can’t quite imagine putting a bomb in a building today— all of that seems so distinctly part of then. But I can’t quite imagine entirely dismissing the possibility, either.”
Ayers confirmed that he can’t say for sure that he would never again rise up against the “violent” United States in a “very militant and serious way.” However, he said at 70 years old such a prospect is unlikely. Still, he made it clear he, like his wife, is not “committed” to an ideology of “nonviolence.”
The former Weather Underground leader also said they should have “destroyed more property.” For the radical group, that meant bombing buildings.
In one of the more tense moments of the interview, Kelly asked Ayers to explain why his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, refused to help bring the people responsible for murdering two police officers and a security guard during an infamous heist gone bad.
When Ayers tried to convince Kelly she would’ve done the same thing under the circumstances, the Fox News host exploded.
“You know what I’d say? I’d say, ‘Two cops are dead and so is a security guard and I will help put whoever did it behind bars,” Kelly said.
“Absolutely not,” Ayers replied, adding that Dohrn was only told she would be “asked a bunch of questions.”
“Professor Ayers, nine children lost their fathers that day! Why didn’t your wife help?” she continued
Watch the rest of that exchange via “The Kelly File:”