Fox News is targeting Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) with a series of racist on air attacks because she is a vocal critic of Donald Trump who thinks that he will be impeached.
Here is Bill O’Reilly on Fox and Friends attacking Waters:
BILL O’REILLY: I didn’t hear a word [Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)] said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it’s the same wig.
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): It’s the same one.
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): And he’s not using it anymore. They just — they finally buried him.
AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): No. OK, I’ve got to defend her on that. I have to defend her on that. She a — you can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.
O’REILLY: I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive.
EARHARDT: Her hair is pretty.
OREILLY: I love James Brown, but it’s the same hair, James Brown — alright, the godfather of soul — had.
EARHARDT: So he had girl hair.
O’REILLY: Whatever it is, I just couldn’t get by it.
Racism is not a new tactic for Fox News.
Also from Fox and Friends in 2012, here is Eric Bolling comparing Waters to Witney Houston and telling her to step away from the crack pipe:
Nothing new from Fox News, here is another Fox host telling Maxine Waters to "step away from the crack pipe" pic.twitter.com/p6R4SMrRD2
— Media Matters (@mmfa) March 28, 2017
The reason why Fox is attacking Waters is that she has been a consistent and vocal critic of Trump’s corruption and the Russia scandal.
Rep. Waters believes that Republicans are going to have no choice but to impeach Trump after all of the information on the Russia scandal comes out.
Waters told Joy Reid recently on an episode of MSNBC’s AM Joy, “I think in the final analysis they are going to have to move away from him, and we will see that he will be in a position where he will meet the standards for high crimes and misdemeanors, and I maintain that’s where impeachment comes in.”
The Fox News attacks on Rep. Waters are a sign that the scandal is gaining traction as Fox is going to lowest low in an attempt to save Donald Trump’s sinking presidency. The Russia scandal is consuming the Trump presidency, and Fox is going racial in an attempt to silence an outspoken critic of Trump.
Update: Bill O’Reilly has issued an apology for his statement. O’Reily said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, “As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.” O’Reilly will also address the issue tonight on his Fox News program at 8 PM ET.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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