A segment of Fox News’ “The Five” went off the rails on Wednesday after liberal panelist Juan Williams accused his co-hosts of purposely ignoring former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.
“I’m kinda shocked, I want you guys to come back, come and join the conversation, pay attention to the news! Clearly, what’s going on on Capitol Hill today is an attempt to hold democracy and the Constitution up, to celebrate that as the basis that we are a country of laws,” Williams began after co-host Jesse Watters swung it over to him.
He went on to claim that House Democratic impeachment managers “have built a case” against Trump “block by block that sustains the idea that what Donald Trump did was incite that violence that took place on January 6.”
“So to me, it was chilling…to hear Trump supporters at a rally saying, you know what, ‘destroy, destroy the Republican Party,” Williams continued. “It’s chilling to see his tweets attacking [then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell, threatening Vice President Pence. So this, today, Wednesday, this impeachment trial that you guys are all ignoring, I guess you are afraid of it because it’s a reminder…” Williams continued before he was interrupted.
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“Don’t mind read, Juan!” co-host Greg Gutfield declared.
“There’s no need! ‘Cause I listened to all of this!” Williams shot back.
“Then how could you be so wrong?” Gutfield replied.
As raised voices engaged in crosstalk, Williams said that Trump was attacking Democrats and Republicans and that he is now “forcing Republicans to make a choice,” which is “you can stand with the mob that stormed Capitol Hill…”
Williams continued, saying that Republicans would also be joining “the Qanon conspiracy” and “the Proud Boys,” to responses of disdain from the other panelists.
Co-host Dana Perino interjected: “Literally nobody is doing that.”
“You’re not saying ‘we,’ right Juan?” Watters added.
Williams jumped back in saying, “Or, you can stand with [Rep.] Liz Cheney [R-Wyoming], you can stand with Mitch McConnell, you can stand with people who believe the Republican Party should stand for conservative principles.”
“This trial, to me, is about whether Republicans want to close their eyes of if they want to face the truth, and right now, lemme tell ya, lemme tell ya, facing the truth is the way that we solve this, the way that we bring the country together. Ignoring problems is never the way to solve problems,” Williams continued.
“You shouldn’t be impugning our intentions, Juan, that’s the problem!” Gutfeld interjected.
“I don’t need to impugn it, I can listen. I can hear…” Williams offered.
“And then it goes into your brain and it comes out wrong!” Gutfeld shot back. “That’s on you, not on us. It’s not our fault if you’re getting it wrong. It’s not my problem, Juan!”
“You don’t want to deal with the news!” Williams fired back in response.
As the shouting back and forth died down, Watters chastised Williams for his characterizations.
“We gotta go, but what you just did right there Juan, that wasn’t cool,” he said. “You’re a colleague of ours, we’ve been talking about this…”
“It was cool, it was the truth,” Williams responded as crosstalk between the two began.
“We’ve been talking about this for over a month,” Watters insisted. “And none of us are standing with the mob, we’ve never stood with this mob, we’ve condemned it outright, we’re not ignoring it.”