In the aftermath of President Donald Trump saying that “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville while coming to the defense of the alt-right, we’ve seen some cable news pundits get a bit emotional on air. Fox News’ Kat Timpf said she had “too much makeup on to start crying” while going off on Trump and CNN’s Van Jones did his best to hold back tears as he talked about how it would be a tough night.
Add Fox News’ Melissa Francis to the list of those who broke down while discussing Trump’s remarks.
At the top of today’s broadcast of Outnumbered, the Fox News host attempted to defend the president’s comments, stating that Trump wasn’t equivocal when he blamed both sides.
“He never said equal blame,” Francis said.
Co-host Marie Harf shot back, pointing out that the president said there were “good people” among the neo-Nazi protesters. “He did say those words,” she added
In response, Francis teared up and her voice cracked as she seemed to reveal that it was difficult defending the Trump’s remarks at this moment:
“I am so uncomfortable having this conversation because I know what’s in my heart. And I know that I don’t think anyone is different, better, or worse based on color of their skin, but I feel like there is nothing any of us can say right now without being judged.”
Harris Faulkner jumped in afterward and noted that there have “been a lot of tears on our network and across the country” lately. She then went on to invoke the troops.
“With people who are serving, as my father did, he came to visit and I took him to the Statue of Liberty for the first time in his life yesterday,’ Faulkner stated. “We cried together. It’s a difficult place where we are, but it’s not where we’ve been, it’s where we are.”
Following the broadcast, Francis took to Twitter to comment on her emotional moment:
Thank you all so much for your support. I'm embarrassed I got emotional but it is a raw time for everyone. Forgive my tears! https://t.co/fdFV4zgr0n
— Melissa Francis (@MelissaAFrancis) August 16, 2017
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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