Fox host Greg Gutfeld’s “humor” was even more offensive than usual last night as he “joked” that law-breaking May Day protesters are like “ISIS without the goats.”
Gutfeld’s “ISIS” comment was no stray remark, but something pre-written as a monologue. Furthermore, Gutfeld’s attempt was not just to smear and demean the left but to suggest they are a growing threat. From the Fox News transcript (with minor edits and my emphases added):
GUTFELD: May Day—which is short for “may I spend the day panhandling in stolen underwear”—ended with violent rioting in Portland, Oregon. Yeah, Portland. The city that last week canceled a local parade because violent threats were made by lefties. So as speeches and parades disappear because the left promises violence, days later, leftists still violently run rampant.
The lesson: That once the threat of violence can suppress speech then actual violence can replace it.
There were 25 arrests of anarchists starting fires, destroying property, throwing homemade bombs at cops. Anarchists? Is that what we call them? What a fake word, it’s just shorthand for want-to-be terrorist. They are ISIS without the goats.
Now, before Bob’s head implodes, I know this scam doesn’t reflect the whole left. But ask yourself this: Has a Republican ever been busted for rioting on May Day? Has a conservative ever been arrested for looting on May Day? Has a libertarian Costco manager with two kids ever been jailed for torching a car?
No, it’s only a certain type from a certain side.
Not only did “liberal” Bob Beckel’s head not implode, he did nothing to call out this disgusting hate mongering and demonization. Instead, he made some enigmatic joke about having been wrong about something previously, thereby suggesting the conservative attacks were right.
Meanwhile, Gutfeld wasn’t done with his suggestions of violence.
GUTFELD: I would like to introduce a law that when a rioter is arrested, you can go to their home and, while they sit there, lucky winners of some lottery get to smash all of their stuff in front of them. That way, rioting would actually be fun.
In a great New York Times article about Fox’s new prime-time lineup, television critic James Poniewozik wrote that Beckel’s role on The Five “is often to be pained at the latest example of the left’s going too far.”
Sure enough, that’s what happened. When Beckel finally got around to discussing the topic at hand, he said, “Most of the anarchists in this country are up in the northwest. It seems to me that serial killers and anarchists seem to live up there for some reason.”
Beckel could have pointed out what complete BS Gutfeld’s “only the left gets violent” was by noting the violence at Trump rallies – and how Trump has deliberately egged it on. Or Beckel could have mentioned that right-wing extremists have killed more Americans than jihadis. Instead, he was pained by this latest example of the left going too far.
BECKEL: They should be punished to the extent of the law. I’m glad you said that in your monologue, Greg, that this is just a small part of the left. I appreciate that. But the fact of the matter is, I don’t know a serious Democrat who wouldn’t believe they should be punished.
Shame on both of them.
Watch it below, from the May 2, 2017 The Five.
Good point. Trump went on and on about creating jobs but that won’t be easy in an economy marked by near full employment. I see two paths: 1) help the jobless move to the places where the labour market is tight or 2) create new plants locally. In either case, the jobless will require retraining and path 2) won’t create all that many jobs due to massive recourse to robots.
In any case, the current administration is unlikely to allocate funds for much of anything and private money will step in only if the government offers lavish rewards for doing so (tax breaks,, co-financing and freebies of all sorts). Throughout history, industries have responded to such rewards only to leave as soon as they elapsed, leaving their employees and the local administrations in the lurch.
A. Hillary is a neolib corporatist, not a progressive.
B. Gutfield is a racist tampon
C. Study logic.
D. Trump sucks.
E. Chloe can’t debate facts.
F. Trump_TMZ_PantyZone is not presenting anything logical.
G. Jumping out of C-130’s is a blast.
And you, poor soft-headed little thing, think the left deserves a good smearing. So sad.