The debate about the migrant caravan making its way to the southern U.S. border spiraled into an explosive exchange on Fox News’ “The Five.”
Jesse Watters unloaded on his co-host Juan Williams on Tuesday for slamming the “fear-mongering” about the thousands-strong throng making its way to the U.S. from Central America.
Watters took issue with Williams’ criticism and pointed out that Fox News contributor Sara Carter is on location reporting on the caravan first hand.
“Sara Carter, one of your colleagues here at Fox News, went down there. Actually, you’re not there, she’s down there, she’s a colleague,” Watters began, saying he wanted to “address some of the things” Williams said.
Carter “spoke to Guatemalan intelligence and interviewed people in the caravan and has confirmed that there is MS-13 affiliated gang members among the caravan,” Watters continued, as Williams began to laugh and shake his head.
“If you are going to sit there and call your colleague a liar while you are sitting on your tush in a nice air-conditioned studio in Manhattan, I really think that’s unbecoming,” he added.
“I think that’s a very cheap rhetorical trick,” Williams interjected.
“Second of all, you have not said — what are you going to do about the caravan, Juan? You have no plan to do anything about it. Do you have anything to add of substance to what to do with this 7,000 strong migration coming up north? What are you going to do?” Watters fired back, as Williams attempted to speak over him.
“I think it’s very clear, given that Republicans control the White House —“ Williams began.
“Enough with the Republicans. What are you going to do with the border?” Watters asked.
“Why don’t they fix the immigration system that is so badly broken in our country?” Williams questioned.
“Fix the immigration system? It’s because of Democratic politics,” Watters shot back as Williams accused him of being “on message for President Trump.”
Co-host Greg Gutfeld eventually addressed Williams after a few more moments of shouting.
“According to Juan’s logic, Mexico is also racist because they’re trying to limit the immigration as well. They’re sending troops to their border, so clearly, the Mexicans are racists too, Juan. Everybody is racist if they don’t agree with you,” he said.
“You are so obsessed with ridiculous arguments,” Williams shot back as Gutfeld accused, “You’re obsessed with race.”
“I think you have a difficulty acknowledging when there is racial injustice and where someone is using a racial pitch to stir his base in order to try and do better in the midterms,” Williams said.
“We’re trying to protect the borders, Juan,” Watters concluded. “That’s not racist.”