Fox News’ Juan Williams locked horns again with his co-hosts over the impeachment inquiry by Democrats, even quoting colleague Andrew Napolitano at one point in arguing about President Trump’s Ukraine call.
Co-hosts of “The Five” on Wednesday discussed the latest in Trump’s impeachment battle and the whistleblower complaint, as Williams lamented the “constitutional crisis” brought on by Trump’s “stonewalling” and the White House refusal to comply with the Democrats in the inquiry.
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“This is dangerous,” Williams said. “He’s trying to break the system of our government.”
He argued his point and declared that Trump was acting as “an outlaw” before co-host Jedediah Bila pointed out that Democrats only “selectively care about appropriate procedure,” and that former Vice President Joe Biden “needs this really badly” to remain in the headlines as it will help his 2020 presidential campaign.
“He needs this story badly. Unfortunately for him, he’s on tape doing the exact quid pro quo stuff that he is blaming President Trump for doing,” Bila said, calling for an impeachment hearing in which Biden and his son would then need to testify.
Co-host Jesse Watters applauded the tactic by the White House to effectively say “shove it, Democrats” for wanting to abuse their authority and challenging them to take it to court, thereby dragging things into the next year and taking attention away from their election campaigns.
Williams’ concerns about a “constitutional crisis” were dismissed by co-host Dana Perino who noted that there is still “a system in place and everybody gets to use the system.” She also pointed out that the president “relishes the fight so much that he just wears down his opponent.”
Greg Gutfeld argued that if Trump was a Democrat, the party would be celebrating him as the “greatest” president because of his many successful policy accomplishments while in office.
“I don’t believe this is about actual impeachment,” he said, accusing Democrats of creating a “quagmire process” in order to “warp public opinion,” shake the confidence of Trump-supporting Republicans and “handicap” Trump with a “giant cloud” heading into the 2020 election.
“It drives me crazy that we take this story seriously,” he added.
“I’m not just a Fox host, Dana, I’m a Fox viewer, okay? Remember the Hair Club? ‘I’m not just the president, I’m a client.’ Well, I’m a Fox News client, so it drives me nuts that we take seriously this narrative, this conjoined narrative from the Democrats and the media,” Gutfeld said. “CNN and the New York Times, Washington Post, Schiff — they must be laughing their asses off when we dance to their tune. This is such a joke. Such a joke. It’s all designed to win an election. That’s all it is.”
Williams, who had remained silent during the arguments made by his co-hosts, finally spoke up, reacting to Gutfeld’s points and sparking a moment of contention as his colleague challenged him to “deny anything I said.”
“You are a Fox viewer, you say?” Williams asked.
“Yes, and I throw the shoe at Fox at times… only when you’re talking,” Gutfeld joked.
Williams then invoked their colleague, Judge Andrew Napolitano who “said you can’t say to people ignore what you can see for yourself with your own eyes.”
“Here is a president who is saying, who released a letter saying basically ‘I was using American military aid to extort a foreign country to get dirt on my political opponent,'” he said, as Gutfeld accused him of “pulling a Schiff,” referring to the House Intelligence Committee chairman who essentially performed a parody of the Ukraine call during a hearing last month.
“In other words, this is what people who work at Fox are saying!” Williams exclaimed, referring to Napolitano who shocked Fox News’ viewers last week with an opinion piece accusing Trump of “criminal and impeachable behavior” with his Ukraine call.
Judge Napolitano pens blistering attack: Trump’s call ‘manifests criminal and impeachable behavior’ https://t.co/tnuuw8KUJC
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“It’s a difference of opinion,” Watters interjected to end the segment amid the debate among his co-hosts. “And that’s why there’s so much partisanship around impeachment.”
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