Fox News colleagues and “best friends” Dagen McDowell and Jessica Tarlov engaged in a fiery argument over Tarlov’s claim that President Trump has “surrounded himself with criminals,” before McDowell ultimately apologized after the two went toe-to-toe.
During the loud spat, McDowell objected to Tarlov’s assertions, saying: “You want people thrown in jail because they like Donald Trump–that’s essentially what you’re saying.”
The exchange occurred on Friday’s “Outnumbered” episode and was just another example of the widening election-year divide between Trump supporters and those who vehemently oppose him.
Tarlov posited that Trump was to blame for people in his circle being the subject of media scrutiny over legal issues. “Republican defenders, and I’m not saying people on this couch, but I mean senators, congresspeople, etc., are having to spend their time defending Roger Stone and Paul Manafort who are both two incredibly unsavory characters, to say the least,” she said. “And that’s what this President has done. He’s surrounded himself with criminals.”
“They were not criminals …” said Fox contributor Brad Blakeman.
“[Roger Stone] obstructed Congress, he tampered with a witness, he lied, that makes you a criminal,” Tarlov said.
“These are their own failings,” Blakeman replied.
Tarlov went on to scoff at Trump’s claims that he is working to drain the swamp. “The crew around this president is the swamp, actually. He said he was going to D.C. to clear up the swamp. He hired the swamp in full,” Tarlov taunted.
At that point, McDowell entered the fray. “You want people thrown in jail because they like Donald Trump, that’s essentially what you’re saying.”
The two went on trying to speak over each other before they had to come up for air.
“I said nine years is unfair,” McDowell pointed out about the injustice of Roger Stone’s recommended sentence by Obama-appointed prosecutors. “Everybody I’ve talked to in law says that nine years is excessive, that is all that we are talking about.”
“I do not want to jail Trump supporters, that is not what’s going on here, Dagen, and I really wish that you would take that back,” Tarlov pleaded. “What I am saying, and I am not alone here, there is bipartisan agreement that someone like Paul Manafort had this coming, he spent years doing dirty deals in Ukraine and in Russia.”
“I don’t think anyone disagrees with you on that,” inserted Melissa Francis.
“Talking about how unfairly these people are being treated — Dagen was screaming at me,” Tarlov claimed.
Harris Faulkner stepped in, saying, “I want to interject and remind everybody that today is the day of love,” before moving on to the next story and defusing the situation.
In the next segment, McDowell reached out to Tarlov, saying, “I apologize for yelling at you earlier. We’re friends.”
Tarlov said, “We get excited.”
“And I’m a yeller,” added McDowell.
“Best friends,” Tarlov said, as she patted McDowell on the shoulder, “and moving on.”
Video by Fox News
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