Fox News hosts scoff at 102-year-old woman’s 3-hour wait to vote: ‘What’s the big deal?’
Three Fox News hosts on Wednesday dismissed the long three-hour wait a 102-year-old woman in Florida endured by saying it was no “big deal” and “she was happy.”
During his Tuesday State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to protect voting rights and noted that 102-year-old Desiline Victor, who attended the speech, had been “told the wait to vote might be six hours” when she arrived at the polling place in November — though the wait only ended up being three hours.
“And as [three hours of] time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her,” the president explained. “Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read ‘I Voted.’”
But the following day, Fox News hosts Brian Kilmeade, Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer said that Victor had no right to complain because she was “happy” after finally completing her civic duty.
Speaking on Kilmeade’s Fox News radio show, MacCallum suggested that long voting lines were not important enough to include in a State of the Union speech because the problem could be handled at the “municipal level… Get the town council on that one.”
“How long was she on line?” Hemmer wondered, casting doubt on the story.
“What’s the big deal? She was happy,” MacCallum quipped. “She waited on line, she was happy that she voted.”
“They held her up as a victim!” Hemmer agreed. “What was she the victim of? Rashes on the bottom of her feet?”
Listen to this audio from Fox News radio’s Kilmeade & Friends, broadcast Feb. 13, 2013.
Watch President Obama speak about Desiline Victor during his State of the Union address.
(h/t: Media Matters)