Fox News’ Juan Williams had an on-air tantrum during a virtual shouting match with his colleagues on “The Five” over a “shameful” discussion about election fraud.
Things got heated on “The Five” Wednesday as the Fox News panel discussed the latest developments in the election battle and President Trump’s legal challenges to the results in several states. The contentious segment escalated as Williams argued that the many claims of election fraud were baseless and have been debunked, as he went off on his co-hosts.
“I watched the eyewitness testimony and I’m thinking, everybody keeps using the word ‘baseless,'” Greg Gutfeld noted after several video clips were played from a legislative hearing in Michigan in which poll watchers and others testified on voter fraud and being bullied when doing their jobs.
Gutfeld slammed the Democratic Party for defending “every violation of civil discourse in civil society that has occurred this year.”
(Source: Fox News)
“Riots were recast as mostly peaceful, looting was seen as a legitimate protest by The Atlantic, mobs targeting restaurants – people in restaurants – and that was like speaking truth to power,” Gutfeld recounted. “Defunding the police was championed until, of course, they thought that might cost them elections so they backed off.”
He argued that voter intimidation then fits in the “behavioral pattern” for Democrats, noting that they “will seize power by any means necessary and that means threat of violence or intimidation.”
“And if we don’t call them out on this, which is what we’re doing now, it’s going to continue,” he added.
The Fox News host went on to note how the president is seen as “such a monster” and his supporters “so evil” that there has been “a four-year moral crusade to make it acceptable to abuse an entire group of people because they didn’t agree with you.”
After some discussion about witnesses who have reportedly been vilified for coming forward with claims of alleged voter fraud, Williams interjected.
“I’m thinking to myself, is Bill Barr a Democrat now? Is he to be treated as not part of the Republican Party?” he asked, referring to the attorney general.
“Bill Barr said there is no evidence of such substance and such magnitude that it would overturn the election,” Williams said. “That’s the key point.”
The other co-hosts jumped in as Williams fought back to finish his comments.
“Let me finish…Let me finish, will you, please!?” he shouted. “You are misrepresenting what you are talking about!”
He went on to read several quotes, citing the Wall Street Journal editorial board, Republican-appointed judges, Republican-elected officials, and others criticizing the Trump campaign for the fraud claims.
“You are just reading things Republicans have said, in states we are not talking about,” co-host Jesse Watters shot back.
Williams continued to argue as Gutfeld pointed out that he had been talking about Democrats at the poll stations and workers being “intimidated.”
“Democrats this, Democrats that,” Williams mocked as Gutfeld fired back, “You totally avoided that point…you cannot deny the witnesses!”
Co-host Dagen McDowell interjected to note how “there is an aggressive lack of curiosity about these whistle-blowers and what they have to say,” calling out the left-wing media.
“These people are literally putting themselves, their careers on the line by coming out and saying, I saw malfeasance or I saw something that just looked bad and it smelled bad,” she said.
“They are willing to do it publicly, they’re willing to do it in a forum, they’re willing to swear to what they witnessed,” she added, “and I just want to know, if this is the new era of mail-in voting and mail-in balloting, and it’s going to happen in this size and volume, why don’t the Democrats want to get to the bottom of isolated cases of intimidation or fraud or mishandling of ballots?”
Williams seemed to find fault with his co-host’s line of thinking.
“Do you think the news division of Fox News isn’t interested in every one of these? ” Williams scoffed. “You think The Washington Post and New York Times, Wall Street Journal have no interest in any of these? Of course, they do!”
As his colleagues berated him for his argument, Williams wrapped up his tantrum.
“Yeah, like all this nonsense. How many of these cases have been dismissed as ridiculous?” he asked. “This is shameful.”
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