Fox News’ Jesse Watters believes “freshman socialists” in Congress with “ISIS sympathy” are the target of Republicans because of their radical views.
Watters spoke of the “three musketeers” in a panel discussion on “The Five” Tuesday focusing on the backlash against the controversial views and remarks by some of the newest Democratic lawmakers in Congress.
The hosts spent a few minutes debating Rep. Ilhan Omar’s controversial anti-Semitic remarks, and the firestorm that erupted after she commented about a pro-Israel lobby’s influence on U.S. politics. The Minnesota Democrat came under fire by leaders of her own party, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, before issuing an apology of sorts on Monday, only to retweet a thread from a Democratic activist just a few hours later who supported her earlier claims that sparked the controversy.
On Tuesday, President Trump called for Omar’s resignation or that she at least be removed from serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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Co-host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery asked Watters about Juan Williams’ observation that “a lot of Jewish people are Democrats.”
“It seems as though there are Republicans who are much more supportive of Israel and our only democratic ally in the Middle East,” she said.
“It’s an amazing thing that there’s not more Jewish Republicans in this country,” Watters replied before launching his thoughts on the new class of freshman Democrats.
“I think what’s happening here are there’s like the three musketeers. You have Omar, you have Rashidi, and you have AOC,” he said, referring to Omar, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib – one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress – and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist.
“They’re all socialists. You’ve got some anti-Semitism in there, you’ve got some [Louis] Farrakhan associations in there, some ISIS sympathy in there,” Watters continued. “And the Republicans are going to target these three women, these freshman socialists. They’re not really going to target Pelosi like they did. They’re just going to go after these three radicals.”
Citing a Politico story titled, “Superstar freshman Dems replace Pelosi as GOP targets,” which was published on Tuesday, Watters read that the GOP strategy “risks backlash for a party struggling to attract support from women and people of color.”
Watters noted the characterization in the article.
“I just really dislike it because I think Republicans are going after these women because they are Democratic radicals, not because they are women or minorities,” he argued.
“For the Republicans, it’s not about identity. It’s about ideology,” he added. “This backlash is created by the media. There is no real backlash. They’re just going to go after you because you’re trying to change the country and they don’t like your policies.”
“You’re saying these two women are trying to change the country?” co-host Juan Williams asked, as Watters confirmed that the three women “are so to the far left with what they’ve been saying.”
He pointed to the examples put forth recently by the progressives, such as the Green New Deal and Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion to institute a higher tax on the super wealthy. Watters even briefly mentioned a 2016 letter from Omar, then a Minnesota state representative, to a federal judge asking for a lighter sentence for a group of Minnesota men accused of trying to join ISIS.
“The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion,” she wrote at the time, according to Fox News. “Incarcerating 20-year-old men for 30 or 40 years is essentially a life sentence. Society will have no expectations of the to-be 50- or 60-year-old released prisoners; it will view them with distrust and revulsion.”