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Fox News Contributor Pushes Back on Double Standards For ‘Civility’: ‘Trump Won by Being Like This’

There was trouble in paradise on the couch of Fox News’ Outnumbered today, as the group got in a heated debate over the lack of civility and decorum in American politics today — with members of both sides of the aisle attempting to blame their opponents.

The feud was triggered by the infamous weekend incident in which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out a restaurant by a Virginia small business owner due to her job in the White House. Additionally, administration officials Stephen Miller and Kirstjen Nielsen were also forced out of restaurants last week.

“Yes, we’re going to force you to agree with us — how authoritarian!” Said Kennedy— mocking Rep. Maxine Waters and others on the left who support private establishments refusing to service members of the Trump administration.

“I think we have lost civility in the politics,” added Richard Fowler, who was Outnumbered‘s #oneluckyguy today. “You can’t be a Democrat and Republican and sit down and have a meal together anymore.”

Fowler then shifted focus to the legitimately important issue of migrant children being separated from their parents: “I think all the stories take away from the larger story — the fact that there are 2,000 or some odd children that are not with their parents tonight, or this afternoon. And I think that is why people are so angry. People are so upset because a policy exacerbated by the Trump administration, by Jeff Sessions that have separated families.”

“This was going on long before that my friend,” Melissa Francis said, bringing the conversation back to incivility.

“The truth is there is a lot of passion on both sides and once we move on to this place where we are encouraging violence then everybody is at risk and everybody is at danger,” added Francis.

Fowler continued the conversation by quoting Martin Luther King Jr. and saying, “Only love can drive out hate,” but added that, “I don’t think you can say that Maxine Waters is the only problem.”

Jessica Tarlov finished the segment by pointing out the “huge double standard,” as “Democrats get told to be civil all the time, and Trump won by being like this.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

This post has been updated to clarify Melissa Francis’ comments.

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