Fox News Has Feisty Panel Debate About Whether Uncivil Politics Began With Obama or Trump


Fox & Friends held a focus group of sorts to discuss the current bout of incivility that’s taken over the political news cycle, in light of Sarah Huckabee Sanders getting booted from a restaurant and Democrat Maxine Waters urging her supporters to harass Trump officials in public.

Fox News host played a clip of Rep. Waters herself getting confronted by alt right troll Laura Loomer, who asked the California congresswoman if Trump supporters are “supposed to sit at the back of the bus.”

The panel was unanimous in opposition to Waters: people should not go out and harass people they oppose politically.

Disagreement amongst the panel came over who started this current incivility. Democratic strategist Rochelle Ritchie pointed to President Donald Trump, who encouraged violence against people at his rallies.

“Quite frankly we should have been having this discussion when we saw people being shoved at Trump rallies, when we saw people being punched in the face,” she said. “And so this sort of child’s play that we’re seeing playing out right now started in the Oval Office.”

Conservative radio host Kathy Barnette had an even hotter take.

“Or maybe we needed to have this conversation when Obama said we need to bring a gun to a knife fight,” she said.

It’s true: back in the halcyon days of 2008, Obama made a remark during his presidential run that the McCain campaign was scandalized by:

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said in Philadelphia. “Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

[image via screengrab]

Follow Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) on Twitter

Have a tip we should know?

Filed Under:

Aidan McLaughlin is the Editor of Mediaite. Send tips via email: Ask for Signal. Follow him on Twitter: @aidnmclaughlin