A segment Friday on Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing” went off the rails when guest panelists went after one another with venom.
Democratic activist Chris Hahn and conservative radio host Tony Katz were taking part in a discussion on impeaching President Donald Trump, as Hahn tried to imply with a straight face that Democrats wished the president no ill will.
“When the president got elected, I came on this network and many other places and said I wish him well. He’s the president for this entire country,” Hahn said.
Great for him if he did, but Hahn’s stated reasonableness by no means represents most on the left.
He quickly contradicts himself in saying that while the nation should be focusing on needed policy issues, “we can’t because we have a president who is intent on abusing his office, of using his power for his own personal and political gain and that cannot be allowed.”
As if he’s reading from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s personal notes, Hahn falls back on the founding fathers to justify the Democrats’ partisan campaign against Trump — the same founding fathers the left was last seen demonizing as slave owners.
“Our forefathers did not want this,” Hahn insisted. “This is one of the things they were most concerned about when they wrote the Constitution. So I don’t think we can look the other way about it.”
But rest assured, he is “horrified” about impeaching Trump.
“I feel bad about this,” Hahn claimed. “I met the president many times before he was president. I didn’t dislike him, I don’t dislike him now. I don’t hate anyone and I don’t think most Democrats hate him. They hate what he’s doing to the office, they hate what he’s doing to the country.”
The argument rings hollow given the unadulterated level of hate being directed at the president at any given time by Democrats.
Katz fired back on the abuse of power allegation, saying “the only elected official who has abused his power is Joe Biden when he got Hunter Biden a job at Burisma!”
“Oh my god, you’re an idiot,” Hahn countered, reflecting the non-hate he was just preaching about.
“I’m sorry, if the name-calling is the best you’ve got, I’ve won this thing.” Katz replied.
Fox News host Dana Perino did jump in to clarify whether Biden got his son the job at the Ukrainian gas company, which paid Hunter Biden up to $80,000 a month to sit on its board.
“I think an investigation would be pretty wonderful,” Katz said in response to Perino’s inquiry, going on to say that Joe Biden “has his issues.”
“You can not like the president and you can decide the president did something wrong, it is just not impeachable — that’s what Americans said,” he continued. “So if you don’t want to vote for him, don’t vote for him!”
Given the last word, Mr. Reason continued with the insults.
“That’s a fine Breitbart.com column that you could write that nobody would read,” Hahn said about the popular conservative author.
He took to pivot away from Hunter Biden by bringing up the president’s adult children.
“There are a lot of unqualified people who get jobs because of who they know. That is not a crime and I think it’s a bad look that Hunter Biden took that,” Hahn said. “But if we’re going to look at the presidential kids and what they are doing, let’s look at Ivanka’s trademarks, lets look at what Eric and Don Jr. are doing while their father is president of the United States.”
“There’s a lot of bad things going around and I’d like to see you reach out on that one, Tony,” he spewed. “You won’t because you’re a hack.”
Katz informed Hahn the Trump children are busy “writing books that are number one bestsellers.”
Responding to the overriding dislike between the panelists, Perino chimed in to bring the segment to a close, “I’m glad that you two are in separate states.”
“This has been fun,” Katz interjected, sarcastically.
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