Taking aim at President Joe Biden for recently describing the “extreme MAGA philosophy” as “semi-fascism,” Fox Business guest host Sean Duffy claimed on Tuesday that while former President Donald Trump “used harsh language” he “never went after a whole group of people.” Yes, you read that right.
While virtually ignoring Trump’s recent demands that he either be reinstated to the White House or a new election be held “immediately,” Fox hosts and commentators have had a two-day meltdown over Biden’s “semi-fascism” remarks about Trump’s political brand. Some on the network have made their intentions clear, directly comparing it to Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” moment that shook up her 2016 presidential campaign.
Filling in for regular host Larry Kudlow on Tuesday’s broadcast of Fox Business Network’s Kudlow, Duffy welcomed on Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade—who earlier in the day fervently defended Trump’s non-stop attacks on the FBI.
After Kilmeade said that Biden is bringing up the “extreme behavior” of MAGA conservatives to “cue up the next round of Jan. 6 hearings,” Duffy suggested that Trump’s verbal attacks and insults were only ever personal and aimed at specific individuals.
“You look at Donald Trump’s presidency, and Donald Trump used harsh language. But when he went after people, he went after George Bush, he went after Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden. He went after John McCain,” the ex-GOP congressman declared.
Then, with a straight face, the one-time Real World star added: “He went after people individually, but he never went after a whole group of people!”
Naturally, anyone who lived through Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and subsequent term in office knows that this is far from true.
Even if you discount Trump describing Mexicans as drug-dealing “rapists” and calling for all Muslims to be banned from the United States on the campaign trail as not part of his “presidency,” as Duffy described it, there are still countless examples of the ex-president insulting large swaths of people.
Beyond that, then-President Trump also called Latin American and African nations “shithole countries,” relentlessly labeled the mainstream media “the enemy of the people,” attacked Black Lives Matters protesters as “thugs” and “anarchists,” and described cities run by Democratic mayors as “crime infested” and a “real mess.” And the list goes on and on and on.