Fox News host Melissa Francis broke down in tears as she defended President Trump’s remarks on the violent incidents that took place in Virginia.
As President Trump received criticism over his response to the Charlottesville Disaster, Francis stressed the importance of taking an objective look at what Trump said, and how he strongly condemned all involved – and even specifically condemned groups like the KKK. Unsurprisingly, Melissa Francis was immediately attacked, much like Trump, for her insistence that neither side was completely free of blame for all the violence, rioting, and death that happened last weekend.
Trump was criticized by the media for his remarks, with Republican political strategist Gianno Caldwell stating on “Fox & Friends” that “Good people don’t pal around with Nazis,” he said, adding it’s “troubling” to people trying to defend Trump.
However, during this Wednesday’s airing of “Outnumbered,” Francis’ co-host, Juan Williams, compared the incidents in Charlottesville to the fight against the Nazis during the World War II. He declared, “People who fought against World War II against Nazis in a U.S. uniform did not want to hear, ‘Both sides have something to say here.’” He went to argue that the president’s comments on the incident were “unbelievable.”
Francis countered by reiterating that it was indeed the case that all present shared blame for the disaster. She reminded her co-host that President Trump said there were normal, and “very fine people” caught in the crossfire. But this was too much for her.
Melissa Francis broke down, “I am so uncomfortable having this conversation,” Francis wept. “I know what’s in my heart and I know that I don’t think anyone is different, better or worse based on the color of their skin, but I feel like there is nothing any of us can say right now without being judged.”
The other co-host, Harris Faulkner, consoled Francis saying that the conversation that America is currently having about race, history and politics is challenging for everyone. He then turned to address Juan Williams’ comments, “With people who are serving, as my father did, he came to visit and I took him to the Statue of Liberty for the first time in his life yesterday,” Faulkner explained. “We cried together. It’s a difficult place where we are, but it’s not where we’ve been, it’s where we are.” Faulkner empathized with Francis. “We can have this conversation, and it’s OK if we cry having it.”