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Jesse Watters Clarifies Which Democrats’ Names ‘You Can’t Pronounce’ So His Mom Won’t Call Him Racist

On The Five on Monday, Jesse Watters made an oblique, and opaque, reference to potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who have last names “you can’t pronounce,” and in a later segment had to explain that it wasn’t a racially based remark. Because of feedback he received during the break. From his mother.

That’ll get you correcting.

In the above clip, you can see the original remark in context. Below, the explanation to mom.

In the first clip, he says of the contenders that he doesn’t “see anybody with any presidential timbre” in the currently known crop of potential candidates among Democrats. “It’s all people that are either has-beens, you can’t pronounce their last names, they’re afraid of Fox News, they–you know I just don’t think they have the right stuff.”

Co-host Geraldo Rivera asked about Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Watters said “my mother likes Sherrod Brown, so that’s worrisome.”

He also said “I just feel like a lot of them are punchlines, like Pocahontas, and Spartacus, and crazy [Sen.] Bernie [Sanders, (I-VT),” other than Rep. Beto O’Rourke (R-TX).

In the next segment, he circled back.

“I just want to address my mother,” Watters began. ‘She said I used a racial slur in the last segment because I couldn’t pronounce the names of some Democratic presidential candidates.”

“Mom, I was talking about Swalwell and Hickenlooper, alright,” he said. “Swalwell and Hickenlooper.”

He took some playful ribbing then from Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino.

“I knew you were talking about Swalwell,” said Gutfeld. “I knew that’s who you were talking about.

“Yeah,” said Watters. “You don’t assume I’m racist. Like my mom.”

Watch the clip above, courtesy of FOX News Channel.

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