Sparks flew between hosts of Fox News’ “The Five” when they began discussing the recent viral photo of a drowned father and daughter near the border. The two were trying to sneak into the United States.
The photo has become central to liberal pundits and politicians looking to now make a crisis at the border — which was previously denied over and over by them — part of their anti-Trump agenda going forward.
On “The Five” on Wednesday, Jesse Watters started the segment on the border crisis by blasting Democrats for calling migrant detention centers “concentration camps” and for pretending to care about an issue they could be working to solve, instead of capitalizing on to go after the president.
“To complain now about the conditions is so unfair,” Watters said, blasting Dems for not working with the administration to build more detention centers and to give them more funding.
Watters went on to say that there are plenty of Americans living in bad conditions that Dems are ignoring.
“There are Americans living in unsanitary, unsafe conditions in the South side of Chicago, in West Virginia, in Skid Row. You don’t see any Democrats visiting those places,” Watters said.
The Fox News host said the situation in detention centers needs to get better, but Dems are unfairly blaming Trump.
“I agree. It needs to get better, but to say this is Trump’s fault is wrong,” Watters said.
Greg Gutfeld said the media should be “ashamed” of how they are exploiting the photo of the drowned migrants.
“I find the way the media is using this latest photo to be disgusting. I can’t — I mean we know the picture sells a story but using it to sell a political agenda and they should be ashamed of it,” Gutfeld said.
Dana Perino then jumped in and said, “Now it’s a crisis and I think the Democrats one of the reasons they went down and got those pictures taken is because they knew the story was about to turn on them.”
The segment then got a bit chaotic when left-leaning cohost Juan Williams joined the conversation.
Source: Fox News
“The picture that you dismissed is very real,” Williams said to Gutfeld. “Those people are dead.”
After some back and forth, Gutfeld said he didn’t “dismiss” the photo.
“I didn’t dismiss it,” Gutfeld shot back, “I dismissed your hypocrisy over it.”
Williams then said the conversation between them was over.
“Oh that’s it then, stop the discussion,” Williams said.
“It’s not a discussion when you stop making sense,” Gutfeld replied.
Williams then accused Gutfeld of not telling the truth.
“It is because you don’t tell the truth,” Williams said.
Gutfeld then quickly ended the debate by previewing an upcoming segment on the show talking about the Democratic presidential debates. The show then cut to commercial.
It was not the first time emotions were high on Fox News on Wednesday. Shepard Smith got choked up on his show talking about the conditions of detention centers and the difficulty people have coming into the country.
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