Fox News political analyst Juan Williams shocked his fellow panelists during Tuesday night’s Republican National Convention when he went off script and said that Ann Romney was just a “corporate wife” whose husband takes care of her.
Following Ann Romney’s convention speech, the conservative panelists all offered praise for the presidential nominee’s wife, calling it a “triumph” and “utterly affecting.”
But Williams apparently wasn’t impressed, saying that she “looked to me like a corporate wife.”
“They stories she told about struggles, it’s hard for me to believe,” he explained. “I mean, she’s a very rich woman, and I know that, and America knows that.”
“Wow, OK,” panel host Brett Baier replied.
“What does that mean, corporate wife?” Megyn Kelly pressed.
“It looks like a woman whose husband takes care of her and she’s been very lucky and blessed in this life,” Williams observed. “She’s not speaking, I think, for the tremendous number of single women in this country or married women or separated — she did not convince me that, ‘You know what? I understand the struggles of American women in general.”
Baier asked Brit Hume if that was the same speech that he had heard.
“I think that was the single most effective political speech I’ve ever heard given by a political wife,” Hume insisted. “I think a lot of women would look at her — particularly mothers, married women — and find her utterly admirable and utterly credible.”
Earlier this year, similar comments made by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life,” were met with outrage at Fox News.
“The comments that Hillary Rosen made today certainly have awakened many mama grizzlies across the nation,” Fox News contributor Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity at the time. “And I know that because I got a lot of emails today — a lot of text messages from apolitical girlfriends, some who have chosen to stay home over the years.”
“The message seems to be that why is it that some on the left choose to divide, to incite with comments with comments like that instead of just respecting women’s choices and what they want to do with the gifts that God has given them, how they want to contribute,” she added.
Watch this video from Fox News, broadcast Aug. 29, 2012.
(h/t: The Huffington Post)