Juan Williams slammed President Donald Trump over his tax returns and business sense as he sparred with his Fox News co-hosts.
In a discussion of the president’s taxes in light of a report by The New York Times, Williams accused Trump on “The Five” of lying to his supporters and not being a very good businessman after listening to his co-hosts defend him and slam the media’s coverage.
(Video: Fox News)
Greg Gutfeld dismissed the Times report as nothing new, and blasted the newspaper for “publishing other people’s stuff” which he said “is what The Times is all about. Who cares if it was leaked or stolen.”
“Here’s an idea. Get the rich kid who owns the Times to turn over his 1040s,” he said.
The New York Times revealed nearly a decade’s worth of Trump tax information in its report, which also noted that the real estate mogul’s businesses had lost $1.17 billion during the years between 1985 and 1994. Never mind that what the Times saw as a journalistic coup, many others pointed out was a violation of Trump’s federal right to confidentiality.
Gutfeld mocked the “media’s immortal take” as over and over they reported that “We got him again. Again. This time, right, we got him, right?”
“They keep stepping on the same rake and getting whacked in the head again and again. As all those anti-Trump headlines keep falling flat,” he said. “Well, life is good, the economy is roaring along, unemployment keeps hitting record lows. So when you’re in the media and the world doesn’t go your way, you got to find another story. Even if that story’s been told over and over again by the target himself.”
After Gutfeld shared multiple headlines and reports on Trump’s finances, his personal life and his business moves from decades ago, co-host Dana Perino weighed in.
“Everybody here knows President Trump. They’ve known him for 30 years, so this didn’t come as a surprise. You talk about insider, he’s the ultimate insider. There’s nothing you don’t know,” she noted.
Co-host Jesse Watters pointed out that Trump was not only forthcoming about his business losses, he wrote a book, “The Art of the Comeback” to describe how he forged through them.
“When you grow business, you’re going to have some liabilities and then you can write off with the depreciation. The point is, after he did this and took the losses, The New York Times called him the comeback king,” Watters explained, adding that the Times itself “lost a billion dollars buying the Boston Globe.”
“He may have lost a lot of money but now he has towers all over the globe,” Watters said. “He’s got great golf courses, and he has the presidency. Pretty good.”
But Williams was far from convinced, lashing out at Trump personally.
“I think he had his daddy to bail him out. I think his dad gave him 400-plus million to help him out,” he said.
“Isn’t The New York Times a family business?” Gutfeld interjected.
“What I’m struck by in listing all this is Trump lies to his supporters,” Williams countered.
“He says ‘I am a successful businessman. That’s why I can run this country better than anyone else. I’ll make you rich because I’m rich.’ Then it turns out it’s a scam,” he continued. “Because guess what? He lost more money than anybody else in America apparently.”
Gutfeld corrected his co-host, noting that Trump “also made more money.”
“This guy lost money. Please,” Williams shot back. “Let’s just pay attention the fact of the president of the United States may in fact have engaged in tax fraud, bank fraud. These are serious considerations.”
“Serious accusations,” Gutfeld interjected.
But Williams continued his rant, arguing that Congress “should have access” to Trump’s tax returns.
“If he’s losing all this money and Russia or some other country decides ‘we can get our hooks into this guy by bailing him out,’ we the American people should know.”
Gutfeld mocked, “The Russians. It’s the Russians!” as Williams wrapped up his inane points with one more comment about socialism.
“This is socialism for the rich. The working man in America pays taxes and he, for ten years, Donald Trump paid no taxes and we bailed him out,” he said.
Co-host Jedediah Bila attempted to interject some facts, telling Williams “That doesn’t change the success he’s had with the economy and voters are not voting based on Donald Trump’s record from 35 years ago with his private business. They are voting on how much money they have in their pocket and what life looks like for them since he’s elected.”
“The Trump cult,” was Williams’ response.
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