During an episode of Fox News’ “The Five,” the hosts came to Chelsea Clinton’s defense after continued backlash over her comments against anti-Semitism.
As IJR Red reported, Clinton was confronted by NYU students after a vigil for the victims of the New Zealand shooting. Although many came to her defense, the students wrote an op-ed for Buzzfeed, continuing to defend what they said.
Dear @ChelseaClinton, You are now in the crosshairs of the dangerous & anti-Semitic #honorbrigade. They shame to silence criticism. Their agenda: destroying Israel. They came after @MeghanMcCain. In @TheMuslimReform, we oppose their hate. Read more here: https://t.co/wJ4kyF8qwe pic.twitter.com/9n9rl4DbhX
— Asra Q. Nomani, PI (@AsraNomani) March 16, 2019
However, the hosts of “The Five” questioned the lack of liberal support, with co-host Dana Perino questioning why Clinton didn’t defend herself.
“Wouldn’t it have been great if she had said ‘let me tell you a couple things?’ Who’s going to stand up on the left and say ‘enough?’ Who is that going to be? It can’t be us … Who on the left is going to stand up and do that? Will it be Kamala Harris or Beto O’Rourke or Joe Biden?”
Watch their comments below:
In the op-ed, the students called Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) controversial comments “truth” while also claiming that Clinton was instigating hatred toward the Muslim congresswoman.
“Just weeks before this tragedy, we bore witness to a bigoted, anti-Muslim mob coming after Rep. Ilhan Omar for speaking the truth about the massive influence of the Israel lobby in this country,” the students wrote in the op-ed. “As people in unwavering solidarity with Palestinians in their struggle for freedom and human rights, we were profoundly disappointed when Chelsea Clinton used her platform to fan those flames.”
However, co-host Emily Compagno said it was strange to go after “the most benign person ever to make their point,” especially after Omar responded to Clinton’s comments in a positive way.
Greg Gutfeld also pointed out that the students were not attempting to see why Omar’s critics were calling her out in the first place.
“The students are equating denunciation of anti-Semitism with anti-Muslim bigotry. That’s really scary because that means you shouldn’t be criticizing anti-Semitism,” Gutfeld said.