Towards the end of today’s broadcast of The Five, the panel of Fox News hosts finally got around to discussing the report that President Donald Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole” countries while questioning protections for immigrants from those areas.
And guess what? Jesse Watters didn’t really have a problem with that remark.
After making the case that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) “five white guys” quip was racially insensitive earlier in the show, Watters went out of his way to give Trump the benefit of the doubt regarding POTUS’s recent comments.
“I think it’s either fake news or if it’s true, this is how the forgotten men and women in America talk at the bar,” he stated.
Watters continued, “Is it a little offensive? Of course. But you know what? This doesn’t move the needle at all. This is how Trump is. He doesn’t care. He shoots from the hip. And if he offends some people, fine. There’s so many more offensive things happening the world. ISIS beheading people. There’s crime in the inner-city. There are people getting kicked off welfare.”
Juan Williams countered that Watters would be beside himself if the president had said this about “white people,” leading Watters to further expand on his argument.
“He was talking about third world countries,” Watters stated. “You’re bringing in people that have very low skills and low education.”
Later in the discussion, after it was noted that Fox News had confirmed the report, the rest of the panel largely come to the conclusion that while the “shithole” remark wasn’t a good thing for Trump to say, that it was essentially “loose talk” from the president. Williams, the Five‘s lone liberal, deemed the Trump comments to be far more offensive than his colleagues.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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