It was an unusual reversal in political ideology over issues of defense between Laura Ingraham and Juan Williams Sunday on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace.
Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham expressed support Sunday for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster on drone strikes against Americans on U.S. soil.
Ingraham told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that though Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and the Wall Street Journal editorial board were “extremely dismissive of Rand Paul,” she supported Paul’s filibuster.
“I thought to myself, when is the last time a republican managed to capture the imagination of young people, some people on the left,” Ingraham said.
Ingraham discussed the problem Paul had with the constitutionality of drone strikes against citizens in the U.S.:
Rand Paul served an enormously important function during that filibuster. He wasn’t waving his hands and ranting and raving, contrary to what the Journal condescendingly said. He actually said, ‘Look, we have three branches of government, it is our solemn duty to put a check on what the executive decides to do. They want to slap the label enemy combatant on an individual and it gives the president unilateral and secret authority to order an assassination by drone or any other strike. That is something that is quite shocking to a lot of people.
Liberal commentator Juan Williams disagreed, and said he believed “the president does have the power to kill Americans in the United States without judicial oversight,” Mediaite reported of the interview.
Williams told Wallace:
I thought [the filibuster] was grandstanding, it was an internet sensation but the fact is no US citizens has ever been targeted or killed by a drone on US soil. Secondly, the Constitution gives the president authority to go after US citizens if that US citizen is somehow involved in colluding with an enemy of the United States.
“I just want to say I love the fact we have the hawk, Juan Williams, and the dove, Laura Ingraham,” Wallace said of the unusual conservative-liberal role reversal.
Ingraham, though, holding true to conservative thoughts on defense, quickly corrected Wallace. ““Not the dove! The constitutionalist. I know something about the Constitution,” she said.
Watch the segment via Mediaite here: