Fox News railed against millions of students and other activists who left school and work on Friday to join mass protests calling for action against climate change before a UN summit.
From New York to Guatemala City, Sydney to Kabul, and Cape Town to London, an estimated 4 million protesters in hundreds of cities around the world took the streets, demanding their governments take urgent steps to tackle the climate crisis and prevent an environmental catastrophe.
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld argued that the student-led protest was actually the result of climate activists knowing that “kids make great political weapons. Number one, they’re easy to bribe. You give a kid a day off from school, they’ll endorse anything.”
He also argued that the protests are fake because protesters are not sacrificing anything.
“They’re not sacrificing anything,” Gutfeld claimed. “This is activism fueled by permission slips. It’s getting people out there so they can get a day off school which is fraudulent. It’s fake. Real protest is when you actually sacrifice, when it actually hurts. Makes you — makes you — it costs you something. This costs them nothing. The thing that really gets me, gets my goat if you will –”
“Well, I’m just so sorry to hear you guys down on students actually standing for something,” “The Five” co-host Juan Williams said in defense of the student protesters.
“Fake, fake protest,” Gutfeld responded. “Yeah, they get a day off. It’s a reward.”
“Standing out there looking at their phones. I saw that,” co-host Martha MacCallum mockingly added.
Co-host Dagen McDowell later added that she didn’t have a problem with the students, her problem was with Democratic presidential candidates that are “basically preaching something that is dangerous and immoral.”
“I don’t have a problem with kids going out like, what was I doing if I skipped school one day? I would be dipping Skoal and going to see Eraserhead,” McDowell said. “That’s not the problem. The problem is these Democratic presidential candidates are basically preaching something that is dangerous and immoral. They want to reduce — they want to destroy our quality of life and reduce how we live in this nation. It doesn’t make any sense.”
Fox host says it's "dangerous and immoral" to even discuss solutions to climate change pic.twitter.com/Gvoc9GvQgu
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