Juan Williams defends Peter Fonda’s horrid tweets, refuses to call them ‘disgusting’: Just ‘poorly worded’

Fox News host Juan Williams was shredded when he could not bring himself to denounce Peter Fonda’s vulgar attack on President Trump’s young son, calling the tweets “poorly worded” instead.

Williams downplayed the tweets by the Academy Award-nominated actor and filmmaker despite the fact that his threats prompted first lady Melania Trump to alert the Secret Service. Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld assumed Williams would feel simarily about Fonda’s “disgusting” rant, but his response caused a major backlash from “The Five” co-hosts on Wednesday.

 

In a series of tweets posted Wednesday, Fonda called for Barron Trump to be placed in a cage with pedophiles, urged protesters to surround Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents while they pick up their children from school and called for Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to be caged, “pilloried” and “whipped.”

“I’m not going to ask you to defend this, I know you found this disgusting,” Gutfeld said to his liberal cohort.

Williams reply was surprising, to say the least.

“No, to me it was a poorly worded tweet, offensive language used,” Williams said. “But what strikes me from this very conversation is that you guys delight in it because it takes away from the conversation focusing on what President Trump did which is antithetical to American values.”

Co-host, Kimberly Guilfoyle erupted at Williams’ remarks, interjecting when he accused the panel of taking “delight” in Fonda’s attack.

“That’s not poorly worded,” Guilfoyle shot back.

‘What Peter Fonda did was indefensible.,” she said, adding that it was  a “criminal sexual act by a sexual predator against a child. That’s not poorly worded.”

Fonda later apologized for his tweets, as his representative issued a strange statement.

The 78-year-old actor, brother of Jane Fonda and son of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda, admitted he “went way too far.” He also happens to have a movie coming out soon.

“I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television,” Fonda said in a statement, according to Time. “Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused.”

There was also plenty of backlash by Fox News viewers who were appalled by Williams and his reaction to Fonda’s outburst.

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