Fox News co-host Juan Williams came to the defense of the Democratic Party following the caucus debacle in Iowa last week.
In what seemed a bit of stretch, the co-host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” excused the Party’s dysfunction and bitter in-fighting as a normal, if “messy,” part of the nomination process during a segment on Monday’s show that prompted quick pushback from Katie Pavlich.
(Source: Fox News)
Ahead of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, the Fox News co-hosts discussed the current state of the Democratic Party following the chaotic Iowa caucuses, another candidate debate and some serious mud-slinging among the 2020 rivals.
Greg Gutfeld wondered why so many on the left “keep stepping on the same rake” in attacking President Trump and lamented the “selfish commentary” of those who bemoan the state of the nation which is actually “doing great.”
Williams pushed back on the negative perception, stating that in New Hampshire where he is on location, more than half of Democrats say they would “rather have the state hit by a meteor than see Trump reelected.”
He went on to defend Democrats and the recent turbulence in the Party.
“The reality is that the nominating process is always a messy process and it’s always like a roller coaster,” Williams said Monday. “And sometimes a roller coaster goes off the tracks. And sometimes you think Jeb Bush is going to be the nominee and then it’s Donald Trump.”
“We don’t know where this is going,” Williams continued. “But once there’s a nominee, I think the dynamic shifts and you stop talking about that dysfunction, you start talking about Democrats coalescing behind a candidate.”
Co-host Jesse Watters contended that he didn’t see Democrats “coalescing behind anybody in this field who they nominate.”
Pavlich agreed with Williams that “we do have a very long way to go here,” but argued that “momentum doesn’t just apply to individual candidates.”
“It applies to the party as a whole,” she contended.
“When you have the Iowa caucus vote still being in disarray, they still can’t figure out whether all the data and information was in the voting system,” Pavlich said. “There is now this cloud over the entire primary process from the beginning about whether the person who may end up winning actually won it fairly.”
Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders may end up feeling as if the Vermont lawmaker was being cheated again if he does not get the nomination amid the caucus disarray, Pavlich warned.
“That is certainly something that the Bernie camp will be thinking about when they go into this, if he doesn’t get the nomination, and whether they are going to then support the nominee against President Trump,” she said.
Pavlich added that Democrats have had “a hard time catching up” as President Trump prepared to rattle them by holding a rally in New Hampshire and members of his family have been on the ground meeting with voters.
The president teased that he was heading to Manchester to “shake up the Dems a little bit” in a tweet on Monday.
Will be in Manchester, New Hampshire, tonight for a big Rally. Want to shake up the Dems a little bit – they have a really boring deal going on. Still waiting for the Iowa results, votes were fried. Big crowds in Manchester!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2020
Trump lost the swing state of New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton by less than 3,000 votes in 2016.
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