Jesse Watters locked horns with co-host Juan Williams after he blasted the media for connecting last week’s violent events to rhetoric by President Donald Trump.
The Fox News host weighed in on the media’s biased coverage of the capture of the man suspected of mailing pipe bombs to prominent Democrats as well as the tragic mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue which claimed 11 lives, noting how the left immediately tried to blame the president for the acts.
Even Philadelphia politicians refused to join Trump on his visit to the Tree of Life synagogue, Watters complained on “The Five” Tuesday, saying they got their “cues” from the media’s narrative.
“When you watch the television every night, all you see is division and hatred and finger-pointing. And, unfortunately, politicians watch television and they take their cues,” Watters said. “For instance, the mayor of Pittsburgh and the governor, Democrats refuse to join the president today at this ceremony because, I guess they felt pressured or they didn’t want to align themselves with him.”
Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue shows he is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism https://t.co/fJ0UhTDSMs
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 31, 2018
“I just wish everybody could stop for a second in moments like this and say let’s just be one country together, one America and maybe the next day we can start going back to politics. But these are the days where leaders need to all come together and be united,” he added.
Co-host Greg Gutfeld agreed, noting how networks like CNN and host Don Lemon have said “disturbing” things, calling for an end to divisiveness while at the same time claiming the “biggest terror threat in this country is white men.”
“You know, it’s disturbing to see that sort of thing,” Gutfeld said.
Juan Williams pushed back on Watters’ earlier comments, claiming that Trump’s rhetoric has been a factor in leading to the current climate.
“I think you have to say there is concern that president Trump’s rhetoric creates this environment so people are then get into a political game saying who is he is not responsible, but his rhetoric definitely is an issue in America at this time,” Willams said.
“It’s funny that you can conflate that and say the president isn’t responsible for shootings but his rhetoric contributes to an atmosphere where shootings take place. I think that’s kind of a cheap way of indirectly blaming the president and I don’t think — I wouldn’t stand for it if I was the president,” Watters shot back.
“I want to say one thing when there was shootings of police officers and officers in this country were executed in New York City and in Texas during the Obama Administration, no one blamed Barack Obama for his anti-police rhetoric or supporting black lives matter. No one linked him to that. No one said – ” Watters continued before Williams interrupted.
“Come on,” he responded.
“Contributed to an atmosphere where cops were killed. We were all very prudent and responsible,” Watters went on.
“Yet, any time any act of violence in this country, Donald Trump’s name is inserted by his political opponents and it’s wrong,” he added.
Williams countered his co-host’s remarks, saying the two are not equivalent.
“Jesse, you are a good guy. That’s not analogous. That’s not right,” Williams said, as Watters simply said he disagreed.
Trump-hating networks like CNN and MSNBC immediately delivered biased commentary in the aftermath of last week’s events including the continuing northward trek of a caravan of illegal immigrants heading to the U.S. border.
Is there any tragedy the Washington Post won’t exploit to attack President @realDonaldTrump? The evil act of anti-Semitism in Pittsburg was committed by a coward who hated President Trump because @POTUS is such an unapologetic defender of the Jewish community and state of Israel. https://t.co/0tCNpepC9k
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 28, 2018
Blaming Trump for fostering the violence – which is only incitement that may lead to more violence – the liberal media contorted themselves in trying to connect the president to the synagogue shooting despite the fact that Trump has never encouraged anti-Semitism and has a strong pro-Israel record.
Meanwhile, the left continues to sound an alarm about the president being the cause of the hatred and division in the nation while they themselves spout off like liberal activist and actor James Cromwell declaring there will be “blood in the streets” if Trump remains in office.
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