Fox News host Greg Gutfeld appeared to lose patience with co-host Juan Williams during Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Five.”
Gutfeld and co-host Jesse Watters challenged Williams over his assessment that President Joe Biden’s administration was doing a good job handling the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. (RELATED: ‘Sure, A Few Kids Drown. Some Get Raped’: Greg Gutfeld Flames Democrats For Blowing Off Border Crisis)
Williams argued that the number of border crossings had been decreasing, along with the number of unaccompanied children in U.S. Border Patrol custody, and that Republicans were attempting to make it look like that wasn’t true by sharing selfies showing large numbers of people crossing the border. (RELATED: Juan Williams Says It’s A Lie That ‘Cities Burned Last Summer’ — Brian Kilmeade Has Thoughts)
“What we need is Congress. What we need is Congress to organize a legal immigration system, a better border security system. Make a deal with Republicans and Democrats. Let’s come together and stop the selfies and the —” Williams said, but Gutfeld interrupted.
“You keep saying stop the selfies. But it’s the Democrats who pioneered the selfies. You remember AOC? You keep saying stop the selfies. You need new talking points?” Gutfeld asked. “Number one, I’m glad that you agree that videos out of context are wrong, finally. Number two, the number of migrant children, the number of migrant children have doubled in the last two months.”
“The number of children has decreased, Greg. It’s gone down. Oh, my gosh,” Williams protested.
“Are you accusing our producers of incompetence?” Gutfeld shot back as they talked over each other.
Co-host Jesse Watters weighed in, saying that border crossing numbers had been setting records for months rather than going down, as Williams had claimed.
“Also, Juan says this is normal. It is not normal for a parade of 50 people from Venezuela pouring across the Rio Grande river in broad daylight and then just turning themselves over to a Border Patrol agent just to game the asylum system,” Watters continued, adding that the number of children in federal custody had also increased dramatically in the last two months alone.
“They are now keeping 21,000 unaccompanied minors in federal custody in a secret network of 200 different facilities across the span of over two dozen states. There is one fort in Texas that has over 4,000 unaccompanied minors packed tight into it,” Watters said.
He went on to push back on Williams’ claim that Congress needed to act, noting that Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate but leadership in Congress had not moved to change immigration policy.
Gutfeld jumped back in, saying that he had gotten his numbers from pre-show research and that he trusted the show’s producers to give him the most accurate information possible.
“This is confidential data, Dana, which shows the number, you can laugh, I guess,” Gutfeld continued as Williams began to laugh. “Laughing about the migrant children in government custody, more than doubled in the past two months. You can laugh at this. I guess it’s funny to you. But anyway —”
“I said over the last month. If you don’t distort the numbers, I won’t have to —” Williams objected.
“I’m reading it. I’m actually reading it,” Gutfeld pushed back. “You had your chance. You had your chance.”
“Yet, you had your chance and you distort the numbers,” Williams protested.
“Oh, God help us,” Gutfeld blurted out.
“I said it’s down 80 plus percent in the last month,” Williams said.
“If you can’t read the stats —” Gutfeld tried again.
“Oh, yeah, right,” Williams shot back.
“Dana, I’m trying to get to you. I’m having a hard time,” Gutfeld concluded, trying to turn the question to co-host Dana Perino.