MSNBC anchor Brian Williams thought the Tomahawk missiles launched at Syria Thursday night were “beautiful,” but the reaction wasn’t so pretty.
Williams — who was booted from NBC “Nightly News” two years ago for embellishing stories of reporting overseas — made the statements as missiles launched toward a Syrian air base, killing at least seven people and injuring nine more.
“We see these beautiful pictures, at night, from the decks of these two U.S. Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean,” Williams said during a Thursday night broadcast. The anchor went on to quote a line from a Leonard Cohen song, “I am guided by the beauty of our weapons.”
Williams continued: “They are beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments making what is for them a brief flight over to this air field.”
Many people reacted harshly to the statements, taking to social media to lambast the comments.
“If Brian Williams thinks missiles are beautiful, just wait until he sees a giant, blooming mushroom cloud,” Twitter user Warren Holstein wrote.
Others drew comparisons to Williams’ past claim he was on a downed helicopter in Iraq — which he later claimed to be untrue.
“I can’t wait to hear Brian Williams, years from now, boast about riding astride a Tomahawk missile as it flew through the Syrian sky,” @WideAsleepNima wrote.
An MSNBC spokesman dedlined to comment.
Brian Williams calls missiles launched at Syria ‘beautiful’ – New York Daily News