FBN’s Lou Dobbs couldn’t wait for Hillary Clinton to actually finish her speech after winning the Nevada primary before interrupting the coverage and attacking her.
On Saturday night, Clinton was less than halfway through her victory speech when Dobbs cut away.
DOBBS: You’re hearing the message that she’s been carrying, Mrs. Clinton, for some time and to victory today. It is a message of conflict, fighting for you. Fighting against whom is not always clear and certainly she talks about barriers and, of course, some do exist but there is far more opportunity, I think most people would say, than there is a barrier of any kind in this country. But it is a message from the left that is resonating, of course, to the base and the base has delivered for Mrs. Clinton today as she wins the Nevada caucuses.
Dobbs then introduced the stacked deck of anti-Hillary guests: “liberal” Clinton-critic Eboni Williams, Republican strategist Tony Sayegh and Republican pundit Cathy Lynn Taylor.
Dobbs said to Williams, “I thought it was a not exactly a generous view of America that is the message of Mrs. Clinton.”
Instead of defending Clinton, Williams damned her with faint praise. She called it a good night that Clinton “had to have” at this point in the campaign and “not an awkward win like she had in Iowa.”
Then Williams began outright criticizing Clinton: “It's kind of a similar message to me that we heard in 2008. The 40,000 cracks in the glass ceiling around women. This kind of oppressive, marginalized message that she works with. I don’t know if it works because we saw in 2008, people went with hope and change as opposed to the 40,000 cracks.”
Predictably Sayegh attacked Clinton, too. “I don’t know how far this message goes. It obviously works in the Democratic party. I’m not sure the nation is ready for more of this ‘we’re awful people’ stuff, we Americans, but perhaps I’m utterly wrong.”
Sayegh also played down Clinton’s Nevada win, as he did on FNC the same night: “Regardless of this very narrow and inelegant victory by Hillary Clinton in this caucus, which is really, on the Democrat side, party figures and party elders, Bernie Sanders is winning the argument. This is not the campaign Hillary Clinton planned to run.”
Taylor also downplayed Clinton’s win. “She didn’t win by a lot and that’s very important because this is a state - she should have slammed it and she didn’t. She has a victory under her belt. She’s sounding a little bit more optimistic but it’s still a very disenfranchised message.”
“If that passes for optimism I fear for the country,” Dobbs sneered.
Watch it below, from the February 20 Fox Business Network coverage of the Nevada caucus.