Juan Williams taunts a missing Gutfeld, re-pushing absurdity that cities burning last summer is a GOP lie

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Two days after Fox News liberal commentator Juan Williams ticked off his co-hosts by appearing to laugh off the crime wave currently facing America, he doubled down on incendiary rhetoric by claiming in contradiction of all known evidence that cities didn’t burn during the Black Lives Matter riots of 2020.

Williams made the false claim during a discussion Thursday on Fox News’ “The Five” about Democrat operative James Carville’s viral admission earlier in the week that the Democrat Party has a serious problem with ‘wokeness.’

The Fox News commentator argued that, given Carville’s admission, it’d be nice if Republicans would be honest about the radicals on their side of the aisle, including the “radicals” who rightly believe that cities burned during the summer.

“I wish there were people on the right who were willing to say we’ve got a problem with our extreme right, the people who were saying all those awful things before the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol,” Williams argued.

“The people who want to put out lies like, ‘Oh yeah, the cities burned last summer.’ I think it’s important that people who are honest in American politics be able to hold honest discussions without allowing the extremists to set the agenda,” he added.

Listen:

(Video: Fox News)

The discussion came days after Williams’ dismissive attitude about the crime wave across America provoked Fox News colleague Greg Gutfeld into slamming him repeatedly.

“Juan, only you would laugh about murder,” he said.

Williams’ latest incendiary claim is easily debunked by hundreds of videos showing buildings across the nation on fire because of the rioting antics of left-wing extremists aligned with the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements.

Fellow Fox News co-host Brian Kilmeade tried to point this out to Williams, saying, “By the way, Juan, the cities did burn, if you count Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle and Portland.”

Williams responded by doubling down.

“Brian, that’s not true,” he claimed.

Fact-check: FALSE.

It’s possible Williams was playing a semantics game by purposefully misinterpreting the notion of cities burning to mean entire cities burning. But even then, there were instances of entire city blocks being on fire.

Case in point from Washington, D.C.:

The footage out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the riots initially erupted following the death of criminal suspect George Floyd last May, were even more striking.

Look (*Graphic content):

Some might say that one possible explanation for Williams’ false claim is that he’s a conspiracy theorist who believes the video footage from Minneapolis and other cities was staged. Similar to conspiracy theories about the video footage from Neil Armstrong’s moon landing.

Another possible explanation is that, as a wealthy elite, he lives in a secluded, gated community that went untouched during the riots — and now falsely believes that every other community, including those inhabited by the working class, experienced the same.

Linda Carpenter, the owner of a furniture store in Kenosha, Wisconsin, wasn’t so fortunate. During the riots that erupted there following the shooting of criminal suspect Jacob Blake last August, left-wing extremists burned her 40 year-old store to the ground.

“It’s all gone … we didn’t do nothing to nobody. I don’t think it’s justifiable for anyone to destroy anybody else’s property,” she said to Town Hall journalist Julio Rosas at the time.

Watch:

Rochester, New York business owner Jesse Barksdale wasn’t as fortunate as Williams either. During riots in September, left-wing extremists torched several of his U-Haul rental trucks.

Hundreds of business owners suffered similar fates during the deadly, violent riots of last summer.

Williams’ denial of reality and lack of concern for the victims of last year’s rioting does seem to speak to the elitism that’s become mainstreamed among Democrat elites like him. It’s an elitism that was perfectly — though unintentionally — highlighted by President Joe Biden during his speech to Congress this Wednesday.

During the president’s speech, he falsely described the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol as the “worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.” According to conservative commentator Siraj Hashmi, Biden’s willingness to ignore “decades of historic crimes” against democracy spoke volumes.

“Attacks on our democracy aren’t just reserved for storming the U.S. Capitol and targeting U.S. lawmakers with historically low approval ratings. If that’s the case, that a certain set of rules only applies to the political elite and not the people, then it’s safe to say that we do not truly live in a democracy,” Hashmi wrote in  Substack.

His point was that, to elites like Biden (and Williams), attacks on democracy only matter when they affect them personally. Otherwise, who cares?

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