With Republicans coming into their new majority, the cast of Fox News’s “The Five” argued on Monday about whether Democratic members like Rep Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) are evil enough to be stripped of committee assignments.
Does Omar rise to the status of “radical” to the degree of Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia), who was stripped of her assignments in 2021?
In an interview on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Rep Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) indicated that, if he is elected Speaker of the House, there is likely to be payback for the sidelining of key Republicans in the 117th Congress under Speaker Nancy Pelosi. For starters, McCarthy said he would remove Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn), and Adam Schiff (D-Calif) from their current committees.
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This was undoubtedly very welcome red meat for Republicans at home who have been enraged at the mendacious things that have been said and done by those three opportunists and how they could so incongruously serve on high-level committees for which they are particularly disqualified.
Monday on Fox News’s “The Five,” Jessica Tarlov sat and listened to her co-hosts Jesse Watters, Greg Gutfeld, and Jeanine Pirro unload on the trio before she had her chance to say that none of them compare to the one radical who she believes is truly beyond comparison, Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)
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Jesse Watters was first to react to McCarthy’s statement that Swalwell couldn’t get a security clearance in the public sector, so “I won’t allow him to be on Intel”; that Schiff has lied time and again, so “we will not allow him to be on the Intel Committee, either”; and that Omar’s antisemitic comments disqualify her from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Watters argued first that Democrats “have a childlike inability to plan ahead… Who would have thought that the Republicans would come back and do the exact same things the Democrats did to them? It’s like they never imagined a scenario where they would lose power.”
He then said that Swalwell, with his famous dalliance with a Chinese spy, is “either compromised or too stupid” to serve on Intel.
“Then there’s Adam Schiff, who totally discredited the Intelligence Committee,” continued Watters, “because he would go into these briefings, he would hear there was no collusion, and then he’d speed out of the briefings and leak to the press that there was collusion,” among other things. So, “he’s either a pervert or too stupid, again, to be on the Intelligence Committee.”
Watters finished by saying that Omar is “the Kanye West of Foreign Affairs, so if the Democrats want to boycott Kanye, they have to boycott her to be consistent.”
Greg Gutfeld was the next co-host to weigh in. He seemed to agree with Watters on all points, but he had a different point he wanted to make.
“I think what Republicans could do, don’t take any advice from anyone in the media about proposed hearings, because they play for the other side.”
Among other strategic initiatives that Gutfeld said Republicans should do, despite the media’s sudden insistence that investigations are a waste of time with more important things to focus on, he said they should introduce one of the intel agents who signed the letter alleging that the “Hunter Biden laptop was Russian disinfo” every day.
“When the media says it’s a waste of time, that means it’s worth it,” he concluded.
Co-host Jeanine Pirro focused on Adam Schiff’s daily lies.
“He comes out and he swears, he says I have evidence beyond a reasonable doubt — beyond a reasonable doubt — that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians. Every day he came out and said it. He lied to the American people, and he contributed to the divide in this country which we didn’t need. When it came time to say it under oath, he admitted he had nothing,” she said.
She finished her comments by dismissing Swalwell as a liar.
Tarlov’s turn finally came.
“I don’t know that Swalwell is a liar,” she said. “He was seeing a woman who was a Chinese spy, but it doesn’t appear she got any classified information. He hasn’t been in contact with her since 2015.”
After some pushback on that point, she continued, saying that she has been critical of Ilhan Omar’s “It’s all about the Benjamins, the dual loyalty stuff.”
But the point she really wanted to get to was the wickedness of Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was removed from her committee assignments because she liked a tweet “about putting bullets in the heads of other Democrats.”
“If you want your opponent to die, you do not have any place serving on these committees,” Tarlov declared.
This is Tarlov’s threshold. Call it the Tarlov doctrine. Nothing Democrats do could compare to this evil of liking a tweet. Nothing they do could disqualify them from serving on a committee.
Gutfeld wasn’t buying it.
“What you’re saying is, our bad guy is not as bad as your bad guy. That’s biased. We can say the same thing. Our good guys are better than your good guys.”
Tarlov shot back, “It can’t be eye for an eye if the eyes aren’t comparable at all. They aren’t in this case. Swalwell, I get the security clearance argument. Let’s see what happens there. For the rest of it, makes no sense to me.
“Both sides have bad girls,” said Gutfeld. “We should send both bad girls to their room till they learn a lesson.”
“There’s bad people on both sides,” laughed Watters.
After some crosstalk, Tarlov put her foot down. “Enough! Absolutely not!”
One thing seems certain. On the floor of the House this season, payback is gonna be… a female dog.
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