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A Fox News segment went off the rails when a heated dispute erupted between hosts Jeanine Pirro and Juan Williams over remarks made by President Donald Trump.
Pirro, who appeared on “The Five” Friday along with the show’s regular co-hosts, locked horns with Williams at one point when he claimed that the president had referred to some Mexican immigrants as “rapists” in his campaign kickoff speech for the 2016 election.
(Source: Fox News)
Williams brought up the comment after a discussion on the current state of cancel culture in the nation, as Pirro cited the recent call to boycott Goya after the food company’s CEO dared to praise Trump.
“Look, the left is so focused on trashing people on the right that they don’t care that the people they presume to be on the right are helping poor people, hungry people, helping immigrants,” Pirro said.
“Their hate is so dug in. I mean, are you comfortable with this? The right doesn’t do this to Obama. Trust me, a lot of people on the right did not like Obama. But this is like cancel, boycott and help them lose their job. Aren’t you uncomfortable with that?” she asked Williams.
Robert Unanue, the head the Goya brand, refused to backtrack his praise of Trump after he set off liberals this week by saying “we are all truly blessed, at the same time, to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder.”
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Williams clarified that he is not a fan of boycotts before launching onto his attack on the president Friday.
“I don’t like boycotts if you ask me, but we live in politically polarized times,” he responded to Pirro.
“If you are talking about who likes division, President Trump pushes buttons of division and polarization quite regularly. I think you’ll remember he started this campaign by going after Latin immigrants. He said Mexicans were rapists and thieves,” he declared.
Although he continued to speak, his co-hosts quickly jumped in to correct him.
“No, he didn’t say that…” Pirro countered, as did Greg Gutfeld who weighed in as he shook his head and Jesse Watters who gave context to the remarks made by then-candidate Trump.
“Of course, wait a second, of course he said ‘rapist.’ He used the very word ‘rapist.’ You don’t want to hear it but that is the truth!” Williams exclaimed as Pirro continued to push back.
“You can’t say ‘push their buttons,’ Juan,” she said, interrupting his rant.
“Judge, judge, hold on, you’ve had your say, judge. Judge, is it so hard for you to listen?” Williams said as Pirro told him, “you didn’t answer the question.”
“Here is the thing, judge, you have the opposite effect,” he shot back.
“Guess what? Lots of people who like President Trump can start buying Goya foods if that’s what they want. Maybe they will like rice and beans smothered in hot sauce. I don’t know,” Williams continued. “But I’m just telling you we live in politically polarized time and we have a politically polarizing president.”
“No, we don’t. He doesn’t push buttons,” Pirro fired back, comparing Williams’ argument to that of domestic abusers.
“Batterers use that excuse all the time when they beat their wives. I hate that term,” she said before cutting away to a break.
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