Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is defending Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson's free speech rights and essentially chastised the reality TV star's network for being politically correct.
Robertson was put on "indefinite hiatus" by A&E from the hit reality show after making anti-gay remarks in GQ magazine. Jindal, a Republican, joins 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in siding with Robertson's First Amendment rights.
Jindal said in a statement that Robertson and his family — known for its Duck Commander hunting call — are "great citizens" of Louisiana. The governor, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, took issue with individuals who condemn people with opposing viewpoints but did not mention A&E by name.
"The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with," Jindal said. "I don't agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive.
"But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views," he continued. "In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."