Fox News co-host Juan Williams got fact-checked by his “The Five” co-hosts after claiming that protest violence footage “keeps being repeated from the first night way back.”
The Thursday evening segment began with footage of Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell calling for an end to ongoing violence in his city. After citing a Gallup poll showing that “81% of black Americans want police to maintain or increase a presence in their communities,” co-host Pete Hegseth asked Williams whether he agreed with Lovell that the moment has been “hijacked” by violence.
“No, gosh, I think it’s still like 60% plus of Americans support the Black Lives Matter movement,” Williams responded. “The violence?” Hegseth asked incredulously.
Juan Williams Claims Protest Violence Footage Is ‘From The First Night Way Back,’ Gets Fact-Checked Immediately https://t.co/to6M0pS5Iy
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 7, 2020
“I couldn’t agree more with the police chief,” Williams said. “They don’t support defund the police. That’s Republicans, Democrats, black, white, Asian, Latino. That’s not something that people support. What they really are focused on is police reform.”
“In terms of, you know, the violence that you see in these pictures that keeps being repeated from the first night way back,” Williams continued. “I think people are able to separate it out and say, that’s not in keeping with the idea of people who march peacefully to say …”
Watch this footage from LAST NIGHT:
The woman’s neighbors come out to protect their neighborhood after antifa rioters begin to trash it. The woman who was blinded with the lasers yesterday is holding a bat at the door. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/vwaozS2i24
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 7, 2020
“That’s what’s happening there right now,” co-host Lawrence Jones interrupted.
“Juan, that video is not from the first day,” Hegseth added as Williams tried to continue. ” That video we’re showing is from last night. It’s ongoing day after day.”
Williams ended the segment by insisting that such violence “is not typical of the protests which have been largely peaceful.” Largely peaceful…give me a break! Marxist ANTIFA Terrorists have now retreated to harassing local Portland police and even city residents. Independent journalist Andy Ngo has covered the Portland riots for weeks posting nightly the domestic acts of terrorism.
#Antifa have started a fire on the front door of the Portland Police east precinct. They tore off the barricade and placed tinder around the fire. They’re trying to burn down the building. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/2UN7o21dZy
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 6, 2020
While protests have been on and off in major U.S. cities after George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody in May, Portland has experienced near-nightly violence ever since. Meanwhile, July saw a record number of homicides in the city even as Portland’s city council voted to cut $15 million from its police budget.
Williams’ analysis comes as Democrats like New Jersey Rep. Jerry Nadler and others continue to downplay ongoing left-wing violence.