Fox News’ Jesse Watters slammed the Muslim world on Wednesday, saying in a rant that he’s “had it” with their BS.
“I want to say something about Arab Americans and about the Muslim world. We – and when I say we, I mean the West and Western technology – have created the Middle East. We made them rich. We got that oil out of the ground,” he began.
“Our military protects all of these oil shipments flying around the world, making them rich. We fund their military. We respect their kings. We kill their terrorists, OK? But we’ve had it. We’ve had it with them,” he added.
Especially, he continued, after multiple presidents attempted to pull America out of the Middle East.
“Obama, Trump, now Biden, have tried to get the heck out of that stupid desert. Just as we’re about to get out, because we have this great balance of power we’re arranging, these crazy Muslim fanatics come in and massacre over a thousand of our allies and hold Jewish people hostage, hold Americans hostage,” Watters explained.
He then turned specifically to American Muslims tearing down posters of kidnapped Israelis.
“And so, if you are an Arab American in this country and you ripped down posters of Jewish hostages, American hostages, no! No, no, no. Someone is gonna get punched in the face. When you rip down posters of the hostages like that — this is — absolutely not,” he said.
He also had words for The New York Times, which this week ran a piece asking “whose suffering should command public attention and sympathy” — that of the Israelis, or that of the Palestinians in Gaza.
“So, what they’ve done is they’ve now made suffering a commodity. They’ll put a price tag on emotional suffering. You know, is it the Jews? Is it black teens? The Native Americans? The Palestinians? Who’s suffered the most and he who suffered the most is allowed, as you say, a free punch,” he said.
“And so now they have justified violence to avenge suffering. And so now people are above the law. People are below the law and that’s making everybody crazy because we can’t live in a country like that. And I won’t live in a country like that,” he added.
His remarks sparked immediate backlash from left-wing Muslims like MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan.
“Vile, dangerous, and open anti-Arab bigotry and Islamophobia from a Fox primetime host. This is all on the Murdochs,” Hasan tweeted.
Vile, dangerous, and open anti-Arab bigotry and Islamophobia from a Fox primetime host. This is all on the Murdochs. https://t.co/SpEMKaQyrh
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) November 1, 2023
The irony is that Hasan wound up getting ratioed by Watters’ supporters, who for the most part appeared to grossly outnumber his own supporters.
On the day Israeli jews were attacked in a terrorist attack, you were defending the attackers.
— Littlest Mandee (@LilMandee86) November 2, 2023
I hear ya, but some of the things going on right now by the Muslim/Arabs needs to be condemned. Especially from folks like you with an audience.
— Sam Mancuso (@SamMancuso4) November 2, 2023
Mehdi, thank you for sharing I missed this one!! Now that’s a great Primetime News article. He speaks for all of us, and there is no bigotry or fear in the article. It’s just facts, we have radicals that are taking advantage of our hospitality, and Americans are through.
— Liberty N Justice (@librtynjust4all) November 2, 2023
What did he say that was not true?
The proper response to what was done by Hamas on Oct 7 as flat out condemnation, yet throughout the Arab world, every criticism of Hamas as attached to some excuse for what was done
There is no excuse for putting a baby in an oven on Instagram
— William Tabor DDS (@WilliamTaborDDS) November 1, 2023
He speaks the truth. pic.twitter.com/5UbhoOTlV8
— Rob (@USMCTexan78) November 2, 2023
Israel’s staunchest supporters say that there is no “two sides” to this conflict because one side, Hamas, is motivated entirely by genocidal hate, whereas the other side, Israel, is being driven by a desire to protect their own people from terrorism.
And so to try to equivocate between them means to create a “false equivalence,” according to Israel supporters like American conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.
“Yes, there are occasional acts of targeting of Muslims. They are nothing like the targeting of Jews. They do not follow the same logic, they do not occur anywhere near as frequently, and they are not spurred by a sort of cycle of violence in the Middle East,” Shapiro wrote in a recent column about the Israel-Hamas war.
— Dr. Kenneth Warner (@wrestlerkw7) October 25, 2023
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