Watters turns the tables on ‘not very smart’ Gov Newsom after he blames Fox host for Pelosi attack

The blame game over who is responsible for the assault on Paul Pelosi continues. Democrats insist it is the fault of Republicans, whose alleged inflammatory rhetoric has incited a right-wing mob.

More specifically, California Governor Gavin Newsom says it is Jesse Watters’ fault because the Fox News host has consistently “dehumanized” Pelosi’s wife, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

(Video: Fox News)

Watters fired back on Monday during his “Jesse Watters Primetime” broadcast, suggesting that if there is anyone to blame besides the “mentally ill homeless drug addict” who actually swung the hammer, it is the governor who has left people vulnerable to him.

Let’s start with the governor’s indictment of the commentator in an interview with CBS news that aired on Monday.

“I’ve seen the dehumanization of Nancy Pelosi,” said the Democrat, hoping to score some serious points. “I don’t think anyone’s been dehumanized like she has consistently. I watched this one guy, Jesse Watters or something on Fox News. What he’s been saying about Paul Pelosi the last five, six months, mocking him consistently. Don’t tell me that’s not aiding and abetting all this. Of course it is.”

“Jesse Watters or something.” Nice touch. But Newsom wasn’t done.

“They’re sowing the seeds, they’re creating a culture and climate like this,” he intoned with fake gravity. (Notice how he slipped the word ‘climate’ in there. He can’t help himself.) “I mean, look online. Look at the sewage that is online that they amplify on these networks and in social media to dehumanize people like Nancy Pelosi and other political leaders.”

The Fox News host didn’t seem perturbed. If he lived in California, he might get arrested, but he doesn’t. So instead, he turned the tables.

“California Governor Gavin Newsom is running for president,”  Watters began. “So, when a mentally ill homeless drug addict, who’s committed crime after crime in his state and was never deported, attacks Paul Pelosi with a hammer, Gavin Newsom has to blame anybody but himself. And Gavin Newsom thinks Jessie Watters is to blame for Paul Pelosi getting hammered.”

“We have always said Gavin’s biggest flaw – he’s not very smart,” said Watters at another point during his analysis. “The deranged drug addict who talks to fairies and lives on a school bus didn’t watch Primetime and head on over to Pelosi’s house with a hammer. And has Gavin read the affidavit? Because DePape wasn’t going over there to get Paul, he was going there for Nancy.”

“If anything, Gavin Newsom has done more to aid and abet this attack on Paul Pelosi than anybody,” he added. “David DePape is a homeless criminal and an illegal alien. DePape overstayed his visa for years. Committed crimes. California is a sanctuary state, so he was never deported.”

Watters then asked a serious question.

“Who is more at fault here, the governor who didn’t deport the deranged drug addict felon who thinks he’s Jesus or the news guy who fairly covered Paul’s DUI case? I think we both know the answer.

Those who don’t watch Fox News will never hear this kind of analysis. They’ll only hear the Gavin Newsoms of the world. Which leaves us to ponder, who is buying this?

Private internal polls are very different from the public polls we see at Real Clear Politics and elsewhere. They ask more specific questions, like the ones we sometimes see in Frank Luntz focus groups. Pollsters for Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden must be asking people, “Do you think Republicans are to blame for the attack on Paul Pelosi?” And a certain percentage of people must be saying yes.

To wit:

It appears the narrative has been more persuasive and effective than ever. The election is in the hands of voters who are misinformed by the press. Could there be any other explanation for the fact that John Fetterman is still polling even with Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania after his disastrous debate performance? Yesterday, a New York Times poll had Fetterman up five points!

So, yes, people must be buying this sinister line of attack that Republicans are responsible for the attack on Paul Pelosi.

Perhaps Republicans should get out there and say, “No, it’s YOUR fault, Democrats! YOU’RE the ones who haven’t brought a bill to Congress that outlaws hammers. It is time for common sense hammer laws. Hammer violence is out of control in this country.”

Is there a conclusion to all of this? Sure.

A mob can descend on Rand Paul. A Bernie Sanders supporter can shoot Steve Scalise and nearly kill him. The drunk husband of a powerful Democrat can nearly kill somebody with his car. Mobs can burn down whole cities or be a menacing presence outside the homes of constitutionalist Supreme Court justices.

But two things are certain. You cannot enter the Capitol Building to protest an election, and you cannot attack a Democrat, whether with words or hammers. So, DePape has finally done the one thing that can get him deported. Or maybe they’ll extradite him to Texas, where they have capital punishment.


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