Fox News’ Juan Williams may have just ended his own career.
While contributing to a panel discussion on Fox News’ “The Five” regarding the recent controversial comments made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Williams decided to attack pro-Israel supporters who criticized Tlaib, saying, “…you cannot trust the Zionists to go after Tlaib.”
How It Got Started
Tlaib came under fire this week over inaccurate comments she made on the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery” about the Holocaust and the creation of the state of Israel.
“There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors, Palestinians — who lost their land, and some lost their lives their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways — have been wiped out, and some people’s passports,” Tlaib said.
“And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time,” Tlaib continued. “I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right? In many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”
Needless to say, “calming feeling” and “Holocaust” are not exactly words that should be put together, regardless of the overall sentiment. Others quickly pointed out that Tlaib’s version of Palestine’s role in Israel’s creation is far from the truth.
Several Republican members of Congress grabbed that quote and ultimately President Donald Trump criticized Tlaib as well. The Democrats, of course, have defended Tlaib to no end, making this a legitimate story in the news cycle.
Williams in Trouble
Williams, who is a liberal member of the panel on “The Five,” would be expected to defend Tlaib. He seems to have no issues defending any Democrat regardless of what they have said or done. That is not the issue here, though.
What is the issue is in how Williams attacks Jews within in the context of his own argument. He is actually dismissing the opinion of anyone that is pro-Israel.
Furthermore, the fact he is defending someone that is invoking the Holocaust in anything but a negative light is not going to sit will with viewers.
As his colleague Jesse Watters stated, you NEVER want to exploit the Holocaust to make a point unless it is absolutely necessary. You surely do not want to use words like “calming” in the same sentence.
There simply is no other way to look at this other than Williams being completely wrong. Williams tried to blame Trump for creating this controversy but he need look no further than the originator of the quote for where the real problem lies.