Fox & Friends weekend co-host Jedediah Bila and her co-hosts could be heard laughing on Sunday as they read President Donald Trump’s “racist” tweet suggesting that progressive Democratic congresswomen should “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” even though most of the legislators targeted by the tweet were born in the U.S.
Numerous members of Congress blasted the tweet as “racist,” but the Fox News panel had a very different take on the president’s tweet.
“Someone’s feeling very comedic today,” Bila said, still laughing, before adding that Trump was “making an important point.”
“He’s trying to say that the values that built this country, everything from, you know, securing the border and being a nation of laws to, you know, freedom of speech on college campuses, whatever issue you’re talking about, a lot of times these are the very issues that the left is trying to obstruct,” she argued.
“And he’s drawing attention to that and saying, if you don’t like what this country stands for, you’re not gonna change it and take away all these things that Americans value so much,” she continued.
“Like, if you don’t like it, leave and go and set up camp somewhere else,” Bila said. “But you’re not going to destroy what we have fought so hard and so long to value.”
Co-host Griff Jenkins agreed, saying: “That’s a good point.”
Fox & Friends laughs while reading Trump's bigoted "go back to Africa" tweets: Trump is "very comedic" and he is "making an important point" pic.twitter.com/T0mLYQxvmC
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) July 14, 2019
In his Sunday tweets, Trump took aim at “‘Progressive’ Democratic Congresswomen,” lashing out at them for “telling” the U.S. “how our government is to be run.” He suggested they should return to the countries “from which they came.” Continuing, he said “you can’t leave fast enough.”
Trump was commenting on the tension between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the group of four freshman progressives — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) — that has come to be known as the “squad.”
Former Republican and current Independent Congressman Justin Amash called the tweet “racist and disgusting.”
To tell these American citizens (most of whom were born here) to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came” is racist and disgusting. https://t.co/sIAqg8bTIb
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 14, 2019
Rep. Ted Lieu called Trump a “racist ass.”
Hey @realDonaldTrump: What makes America exceptional is we are a nation of immigrants. As an immigrant who served on active duty, I am appalled you are telling us to "go back."
I'm not going back. America is our home. And I will still be in Congress after your racist ass leaves. https://t.co/GHNkTlBEJr
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 14, 2019