Fox News’ “The Five” on Tuesday criticized the timing and motivation of MSNBC host Joe Scarborough’s commentary, published in The Washington Post, claiming that President Trump is a bigger threat than the 9/11 hijackers.
“If it was like in June or May and he was sitting somewhere and he goes, ‘oh, God, Trump, he is worse than 9/11,'” said co-host Greg Gutfeld. “I could see them going, ‘I don’t know what I was thinking.’ But that’s not what he did.”
Gutfeld went on to contend that one can be forgiven “for a dumb comment,” but “you can’t walk back” the fact that the anniversary of 9/11 is “always about 9/11.” (RELATED: Scarborough Says Trump Has Hurt American Dream More Than 9/11 Attackers. Man Who Shot Bin Laden Calls It ‘Disgusting’)
“It’s always about the victims,” said Gutfeld. “He made it about Trump as a way of making it about himself. He wanted the spectacle to be directed at him because he’s going to be virtue signaling to all of the resistors. And so he actually stole something very valuable from the victims. He stole their moment and made it about him.”
Gutfeld called MSNBC co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough “the spinal tap of cable news … The sum of their stupidity is greater than the two parts.”
“It wasn’t an offhanded comment,” added Jesse Watters. “He calculated this, Dana, and he published this on the anniversary.
Perino agreed, calling the move “definitely precalculated,” especially given the fact that it was a carefully planned and edited Washington Post column.
“He has the Trump Derangement Syndrome now so bad that he’s willing to embarrass himself so severely by writing something so insane,” said co-host Jedediah Bila. “You don’t like Trump? Fine. You don’t like questions about his character? Fine. You’re equating him now with being potentially worse than terrorists? You’ve completely lost your mind.”
“It’s not about what he said,” added Gutfeld. “It’s the day that he chose. This is supposed to be about victims.”
“Well he’s an egomaniac and he thought that whatever he said about that would have more power because it was said on this day,” responded Bila.