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Fox Panel Gets Heated as Dem Pundit Battles RNC Spox on Civility: ‘Eff Trump’ is ‘Mild’ Compared to POTUS Rhetoric

On FNC’s America’s Newsroom on Thursday, RNC spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany, Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov, and Washington Free Beacon senior writer Elizabeth Harrington got heated as they discussed the recent bomb scares and the reaction from President Donald Trump in placing part of the blame on the media.

First up, McEnany praised President Trump who “exhibited leadership” and said the media should “instead of blaming the President, take a cue from the President.” She said that Trump “called for this country to come together, instead of attacking one another, it is time to stand behind the president.” She also said the New York Times running a piece today fantasizing about Trump being assassinated was “shameful.”

Tarlov started by saying “I disagree with Kayleigh,” and then turned to Trump’s speech at his rally on Wednesday night. She said Trump “controlled” himself but was “poking fun” at the idea of speaking in a presidential way, while hinting to his audience “you know what I’m thinking”, and offered more of his same rhetoric in his morning tweets.

Then this morning he tweeted that it was CNN’s fault, which is basically akin to, if a woman to get sexually assaulted, was it her fault for wearing a short skirt, he’s been completely inappropriate–”

“Really,” interjected co-host Bill Hemmer.

“You don’t think so?” Tarlov said incredulously. “That tweet this morning saying that CNN was responsible for this because of the fake news that they are spreading? This is no one’s fault but the deranged maniac that is sending those pipe bombs.”

McEnany and Tarlov then had a back and forth about “culpability” and Hemmer intervened to say “we are not going to crank this, but the temperature can get hot on another day. We are going to keep it measured for now.”

Liz Harrington then said that there is “blame to go around for everybody’s rhetoric” but that it’s irresponsible for the media to blame Trump “personally” when they have “no facts.”

“The fact of the matter is, media doesn’t care about reporting the facts anymore, they are care about reporting a narrative,” she said. “And the narrative is that it’s Trump’s fault, and he attacks the media so the media gets attacked. But look at the media’s culpability in driving up this division and this rhetoric.”

“There’s never an excuse for political violence, but when you have hysterical coverage for two years, saying everyone is going to die when we pull out of the Paris Accords, everyone’s going to die when we pull out of net neutrality, and the health care debate,” said Harrington. “What happened after the healthcare debate when we were going to repeal Obamacare? James Hodgkinson tried to assassinate the entire Republican House caucus. So words matter of course. The media is has more than it’s share to blame in amping up this division.”

Tarlov said that she doesn’t think the bomb scare was Trump’s fault, and Harrington and McEnany objected that the media and specifically CNN do blame Trump for it, and they showed a clip of former CIA Director John Brennan blaming Trump for the bombs.

Tarlov then pointed out the times that Trump has advocated or endorsed violent rhetoric.

“What John Brennan is highlighting that is important is the kind of rhetoric that the president has been espousing for years,” she said. “He recently commanded the congressman who said — about body slamming the reporter. He has called the press the enemy of the people. He used to say that he would pay the legal fees for anyone –”

There was more cross-talk then, culminating in Tarlov saying “eff Trump? Eff Trump is mild compared to what is going on here.”

There was still more. Watch the clip above, courtesy of Fox News.

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