Fox News Contributor Mocked For Wearing Tiny Tactical Vest to Border: ‘Totally Ridiculous’


Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones was viciously mocked on Twitter Thursday after he shared a picture of himself wearing a tiny tactical vest while reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Coming up on @FoxNews live from the border,” Jones tweeted along with the image of him decked out in OD green gear with a law enforcement emblem on it.

Jones brushed off criticisms of his bold fashion statement by claiming Border Patrol “required” he wear the vest during his “ride along” with the agents.

“Did I say it was a war zone or did you ignorantly assume that because I was wearing a vest?” Jones said in one of his dozen responses to critics. “Bottom line: CBP instructed me to put on one of their vests during my ride along. Period.”

However, MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff — who covers the border frequently — called the tactical accessory “totally ridiculous” and said he has never been asked to wear one during his coverage with Border Patrol.

Mediaite contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection to explain the need for Jones’ vest but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Other Twitter users turned the picture into memes, mocked the get-up as “cosplay,” and questioned why a Fox News contributor would be given a vest with a law enforcement agency’s emblem on it in the first place.

Check out a few of the best responses below:

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Caleb Ecarma was a reporter at Mediaite. Email him here: Follow him on Twitter here: @calebecarma