Fox News hosts Juan Williams and Jesse Watters locked horns in a heated exchange over media hypocrisy and recent comments by President Trump.
The two clashed during a discussion on “The Five” Friday on Trump’s remarks on accepting information from a foreign power about an opponent in the 2020 race, with Williams commenting about his co-host’s sex life and accusing him of “whataboutism.”
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“President Trump raging against Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she accused his administration of engaging in a quote, criminal cover-up,” Watters said, introducing the segment and referring to the president’s remarks to ABC News earlier this week about considering accepting opposition research information on a political opponent from a foreign power.
The left had a meltdown over Trump’s comments which became fodder for an endless stream of negative coverage on liberal news outlets and renewed calls for impeachment. Trump took to Twitter to denounce the critics, noting that he not only meets with and speaks to foreign governments “every day,” they actually talk about “everything.”
….call the FBI about these calls and meetings? How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again. With that being said, my full answer is rarely played by the Fake News Media. They purposely leave out the part that matters.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019
The president further clarified his remarks during a “Fox & Friends” interview on Friday.
“If I thought anything was incorrect or badly stated, I’d report it to the attorney general, the FBI, I’d report it to law enforcement absolutely,” he said.
The tension during the panel discussion on “The Five” escalated as Watters brought up that Trump had an “excellent event” at the White House with Kim Kardashian, which caused Williams to laugh out loud.
“Why are you laughing? It’s a great cause,” co-host Kennedy said. “Are you out of your mind?”
“If she was there at the Obama White House, we’d be reading story after story about what an amazing event this was,” Watters interjected.
“I would tune in on the weekend to ‘Watters’ World’ and he would mock Obama for having another reality show, being so superficial…” Williams argued. “Yesterday, I said to you, this guy just did something that was basically telling the American people. It doesn’t matter if I cheat to get reelected, I’m going to do something illegal.”
“That’s not what he said,” Watters countered as Williams argued that Trump “backpedaled” Friday by saying “I wouldn’t take dirt on my opponent.”
“You have still not been able to answer the fact that Hillary paid for the foreign info, ” Watters shot back.
“Oh, here we go,” Williams said.
“Trump never paid for anything, never got anything,” Watters continued. “Hillary got it and paid for it.”
“You know why I like sitting next to you?” Williams asked. “Because whataboutism is so obvious to the audience.”
“It’s called context,” Watters fired back. “I have to do that because you don’t acknowledge the other side.”
Kennedy interjected to cool the flaring tempers, saying she would “acknowledge both sides” while noting that Trump made a “foolish” comment and that no one “should go out of their way to justify his remarks.” She added that “it’s not whataboutism” to highlight Clinton on the issue, arguing that all attempts at foreign influence should concern Americans.
“I can’t believe the media can talk about this pseudoscandal with the hypothetical thing that Trump said or did say or he didn’t say or do,” Watters said after some further debate by the panel.
“And you literally had Hillary Clinton moving $9 million to the DNC, to the law firm, to the foreign national from the U.K., who gets all of the dirt from Russian political operatives, Russian intelligence officials, and Russian government officials. That is literally paying for foreign dirt,” he argued.
“The media is not even talking about that,” he added, asking Williams why that is.
“Because you’re having a fever dream.” Williams countered as Watters noted the underlying motive behind obtaining the Steele dossier and its unverified, salacious claims about Trump.
“He paid Russians to tell him lies about Trump and then gave it to the government and say, hey, guys, Trump did some nasty stuff in a hotel. Why don’t we look into that?” Watters exclaimed.
“Let’s keep your sex life out of this,”Williams shot back at his co-host before concluding.
Wait. Full stop here. In the middle of a heated debate, Juan Williams joked that Jesse Watters was part of the fake Trump sex romps in Russia! There’s an intelligent argument for you.
“I am saying that what we have here is the president of the United States saying he would take from a foreign power. You guys are saying, Hillary did the same thing. Of course not. We’ve got opposition research – ” he said before Watters cut in.
“Not only did she take it, she paid for it,” he said.
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