It wasn’t the reprehensible threats against a minor that were the problem. It was the way he said it.
This seemingly is the conclusion Juan Williams came to after actor Peter Fonda tweeted a disgustingly detailed threat about kidnapping President Trump and First Lady Melania’s son. (RELATED: Melania Trump’s Office Confirms Secret Service Was Notified About Threat to Barron).
“We should rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles,” Fonda said.
Williams, a panelist on “The Five,” dismissed Fonda’s comments as simply being “poorly worded,” only critiquing the “offensive language,” a stance that caused quite an uproar on the set.
“I’m not going to ask you to defend this, I know you found this disgusting,” co-host Greg Gutfeld said.
“No, to me it was a poorly worded tweet, offensive language used,” Williams responded.
He then complained that his colleagues were using Fonda’s tweets to take the focus off the real issue.
“What strikes me from this very conversation is that you guys delight in it because it takes away from the conversation focusing on what President Trump did which is antithetical to American values,” Williams said.
Wow, just wow.
“That’s not poorly worded,” Kimberly Guilfoyle admonished.
“What Peter Fonda did was indefensible,” she said, adding it was a “criminal sexual act by a sexual predator against a child. That’s not poorly worded.”
Soooo…. Juan Williams called Peter Fonda’s tweet “poorly worded.”
So he’s fine with what Fonda said, but he’s upset about the grammatical choices…. got it.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 20, 2018
Williams concluded that Fonda is simply a “Hollywood celebrity acting like a fool.”
No, he made a tangible threat against the President’s son. Fools in this day and age are dangerous. Does anyone remember what James Hodgkinson did? (RELATED: Senator Dick Durbin Won’t Release Emails From GOP Shooter James Hodgkinson).
In fact, the First Lady thought it was much more than a “poorly worded” tweet, notifying the Secret Service of Fonda’s comments.
“The tweet is sick and irresponsible and USSS has been notified,” Stephanie Grisham, spokesperson for the Office of the First Lady said.
Viewers were not pleased with Williams’ comments.
#TheFive I am an AVID Fox News watcher. I already turn it off when shepherd Smith is on. I now will NOT watch the five anymore as long as you continue to put Juan Williams on! He HAS to go NOW!!!!! His comments about Peter Fonda’s tweet are unforgivable and unforgettable!
— Tammy Regan (@tamsjags) June 20, 2018
— Terry O’ (@IrishTea1) June 21, 2018
We need to boycott @TheFive until Juan Williams is fired.
— Timothy Bird (@timothybird186) June 21, 2018
Fonda has since deleted the tweet and issued an apology of sorts, claiming he was spurred on by Trump’s border policies.
“I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television,” he said in a statement.
Will Williams make an apology as well?
Some people are calling for Fonda to be arrested, and it’s good that the Secret Service is not taking this threat lightly, even if they came from a B-list celebrity.