A “Fox & Friends” segment took an unexpected turn on Thursday morning when co-host Pete Hegseth visited Grandma’s Pancake House in Shelbyville, just outside Indianapolis, to ask diners about the incoming Democratic House majority.
“Phil, your take as President Trump stares down a new speaker, Nancy Pelosi,” Hegseth asked an elderly man, identified only as Phil.
The Trump supporter responded by indicating he would gladly support the president acting like a dictator and removing all Democrats who stand in his way.
“I’m expecting to wake up some morning and find Fox News, Trump on there pointing his finger, (saying), ‘You’re fired, Democrats,’” Phil replied.
Hegseth laughed along with other diners and joked, “Maybe that needs to happen, right?”
The anchor then provided viewers with an on-air correction.
“He can’t fire the Democrats, but he can stare them down, and that is the big question here — will the president stand firm in a showdown?” Hegseth said.
Hegseth then proudly declared that the Indiana residents he spoke to had not yet felt the effects of the shutdown and said that they stand behind the president’s position to continue the shutdown, not in its 13th day.
“Here in this corner of Indiana, they would rather see the president stand strong get money for the wall,” Hegseth said.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 3, 2019
In 2017, two professors found in a poll that slightly more than half of Republican voters would support postponing the next presidential election if Donald Trump demanded it.