Fox News panelists were very interested in dissecting why Ivanka Trump recently received groans from a German audience after she praised her father for his “advocacy” of women and families. This was a reflexive response for those who can’t reconcile Ivanka’s praise with Donald’s “grab them by the p***y” hot-mic tape, but Jesse Watters doesn’t understand the fuss. The former stooge of Bill O’Reilly has now graduated to appearing on The Five every weekday, which gives him a new avenue for routinely making a nuisance out of himself, and in the above clip, he did not fail to do so:
“It’s funny, you know, the left says they really respect women and then when given an opportunity to respect a women like that they boo and hiss. So I don’t really get what’s going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone.”
Naturally, Watters cracked this joke with a look on his face that said, “I’m the funniest 13-year-old alive.” The apparent oral sex joke prompted overnight backlash, and Watters attempted to “clarify” his remark by claiming that he simply finds Ivanka’s voice to be “like a smooth jazz radio DJ.”
So, Watters is pretending to shame everyone else for having their mind in the gutter, and people aren’t buying his clarification. And standing at the front of the butt-kicking line is Jake Tapper, who sees Watters’ “vile behavior” as symptomatic of “a company [that] sends the clear signal that women are basically sub-human … even after top offenders are fired.”
Tapper is, of course, alluding to the firing of Bill O’Reilly and ousting of Roger Ailes (both related to sexual harassment claims). The CNN host clearly feels that there are further steps that must be taken since some of the network’s male personalities are still carrying the O’Reilly torch. Much of Twitter agrees with Tapper’s view and piled on to level disgust at Watters.
A charmer, indeed. Watters will now appear on Fox News nearly every day of the week, so he’ll have plenty of chances to either atone for or continue making “jokes” like these.