‘The Five’ gets separated: Co-hosts unload on Juan Williams for politicizing virus

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When it comes to the coronavirus, it’s business as usual for Democrats in regard to President Donald Trump, as they remain fixated on criticizing the president’s every move as they evaluate him in the worst possible light.

The 2020 presidential election is fast approaching and having faced the failure of the Russian collusion hoax, the Ukrainian nothing-burger and an impeachment attempt that blew up in their faces, COVID-19 may be the last chance desperate Democrats have to strike a telling blow.

True to form, Juan Williams, co-host of Fox News’ “The Five,” was all over Trump for trying to ease an anxious American public whipped into a near-panic by the liberal media over-hyping the outbreak — the stock market tanked on Monday and grocery shelves are being emptied for no real reason.

Yet, Williams referred to the president’s efforts to reassure the nation as “happy, fluffy talk that, in fact, distorted the reality that we are dealing with,” complaining that he’s not offering Americans direction.

This “sky is falling” mentality common among the Chicken Little left hoping to see President Trump fail and harm his reelection chances — consequences be damned.

Co-host Jesse Watters chimed in to say that Trump has “communicated to the public every day about it.”

Despite the president now holding press briefing almost daily, Williams countered to say “he has not,” before blaming Trump because of recommended social distancing to counter the disease.

This prompted a fiery response from co-host Greg Gutfeld, who began by tearing into former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who appeared on MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Monday to trash his former boss.

“Number one, Scaramucci — when you were booking Scaramucci to talk about a pandemic, that means seven to eight people turned them down beforehand,” Gutfeld said. “He’s not the bottom of the barrel. He’s the stuff leaking out of the barrel. When you are booking him, it’s a political booking so let’s be clear.”

Two, people are conflating again with words and deeds,” he continued. “What Trump is doing, imperfectly, is he initially was trying to address the panic that he saw in the stock market. Because he is our nation’s cheerleader. Everything’s going to be better. We got to get this thing going. Because optimism is his blood.”

Differentiating between this and the technical aspects of the virus, Gutfeld stressed that Trump let the experts who represented on the White House task force headed up by Vice President Mike Pence.

“As for the virus, that’s the experts’ turf. Make no mistake. He got out of that way. He let them do that,” he said. “And let’s not forget, [New York Gov. Andrew] Cuomo was slow getting up to speed on this too because he was doing the same thing Trump was, which was just trying to slow the panic in the economy.”

Again, Gutfeld said that Trump “was initially focusing on the psychological effects of panic.”

“This is new to him,” he said. “I think he was trying to focus on trying to quell the panic while letting the experts deal with the virus. Deeds, words. And right now, you cannot match the deeds that this administration is doing. They’re doing amazing work.”

Intent on inflicting harm, Williams countered with the familiar criticism about not having enough tests, and then about the 2018 decision to close the NSC’s pandemic office.

“Yeah, that’s why we have so many tests to find out who has it. That’s why we have a vaccine,” he said sarcastically. “The president said the vaccine’s coming in a couple weeks, now we know it’s years.”

Watters jumped in again to inform Williams that what he just said about the vaccine isn’t true.

“Yeah, at least you’re not politicizing it, Juan,” Gutfeld responded, with an equal dose of sarcasm.

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