‘Sometimes violence IS the answer’: ‘The Five’ react to Italians manhandling road-blocking protesters

(Video: Fox News)

When protestors in Italy decided to behave like children by physically blocking a highway, motorists responded by treating them as such and, for the team at Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” the ensuing hilarity may have been “proof that sometimes violence is the answer.”

Thursday in Rome, Italy, climate activists saw fit to sit in the middle of a major highway to demand their message be heard. Reportedly representing the “Last Generation,” according to Corriere Dello Sport, the subgroup of Extinction Rebellion was protesting an end to all fossil fuel usage in favor of Green initiatives like wind and solar.

However, busy Italian motorists with places to be were not interested in hearing what the climate activists had to say and decided to physically remove them from the road. After “The Five” aired the clip of protestors getting dragged toward the side of the road with traffic backed up beyond sight, the co-hosts could not contain their laughter.

“In case you didn’t hear that,” Jessica Tarlov said as she attempted to transition into a brief discussion on the incident, “that is the judge cackling at this because she loves it so much,” she noted of her co-host Jeanine Pirro.

At the same time, Greg Gutfeld was gleefully offering, “That guy is amazing.”

“He doesn’t even take the cigarette out of his mouth,” he added. “That is an Italian hero. I love everything about that person.”

Pirro could barely be understood as she tried to talk through her continued laughter. When she recovered she asked in amusement, “Was there a question on the table?”

With the video still rolling, Gutfeld suggested discussion wasn’t necessary and offered, “Let’s just keep watching this. It’s so much fun,” before Dagen McDowell chimed in, “One of the chicks gets pulled by her hair, which is even better.”

Their joviality was tempered by reality though when Gutfeld noted the inherent danger that the protestors added by impeding traffic. “This is something that, somebody could be going to an emergency.”

That prompted Joey Jones to conclude matter-of-factly, “You know what this is? This is proof that sometimes violence is the answer.”

While the actions against the Extinction Rebellion members would likely be considered violence by them, Gutfeld returned to the potential harm they could be causing when he expressed, “I wouldn’t call that violence. I would call that concern…you could argue there’s somebody that could lose their life that’s in traffic right now.”

Disrupting transportation has been one of their preferred forms of demonstration, notably blocking London commuters in 2019 by standing atop their train cars. Much like the Italian motorists, the patience of the commuters wore thin as shouts of “I need to get to work, I have to feed my kids” were heard. Eventually, the members of Extinction Rebellion were forcefully removed from the train cars by commuters.

According to the Daily Mail, legal actions have been taken against the protestors in Italy that include injunctions meant to “deter activists with potential prison sentences.”

“Why do people think this helps your cause?” Gutfeld asked in a way that concluded the topic. “It makes your cause so unlikeable.”


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