The quintet on Fox News’ “The Five” were exploring possible Democratic challengers to President Donald Trump in 2020 when co-host Jesse Watters offered up a colorful take on the contenders/pretenders.
Co-host Dana Perino asked Watters if there was someone on the Democratic side no one is talking about right now.
“Perhaps. I don’t see anybody with any presidential timbre,” he replied. “It’s all people that are either has-beens, you can’t pronounce their last name or they are afraid of Fox News. I just don’t think they have the right stuff.”
Co-host Geraldo Rivera chimed in to ask about Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
“My mother likes Sherrod Brown, so that’s worrisome,” Watters said.
“I just feel like a lot of them are punchlines, like Pocahontas, Spartacus, and Crazy Bernie,” he added. “So the only person I really see running with it right now is Beto [O’Rourke], he is the only one Democrats are head over heels over.”
He was equally skeptical of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, when her name was thrown out, offering a spot-on assessment that she lacks the “warmth” and “doesn’t connect with people.”
“I don’t think her personality comes across, and when it does, it’s not a good thing,” he said.
When coming back from break, Watters cited a text from his mother to clarify who he was talking about when he mentioned names you can’t pronounce.
“I want to address my mother,” he said. “She said that I used a racial slur because I couldn’t pronounce some names of some Democratic candidates. Mom, I was talking about [Rep. Eric] Swalwell and [Colorado Gov. John] Hinkenlooper.”
Rivera told Watters that he would love to hear his mother speaking to him, and Greg Gutfeld spoke up to offer his support, “I knew you were talking about Eric Swalwell.”
“You didn’t just assume I was racist, like my mom,” Watters answered, prompting a hearty laugh from all.