'Alarmingly irresponsible': Fox News' Jesse Watters gets clobbered online for calling Mueller probe a potential 'coup'
Fox News host Jesse Watters and Kellyanne Conway (Screen capture)

Fox News host Jesse Watters has been blistered by critics over the last 24 hours for insinuating that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation could amount to a coup d'etat against a sitting president.


Daniel Politi at Slate.com said that on his Saturday night broadcast, Watters welcomed senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway to discuss the Mueller probe while displaying a chyron that read, "A COUP IN AMERICA?"

"Uh...that's not what a coup means," wrote De Elizabeth at Teen Vogue.

"Cable news banners don’t just appear out of thin air. Producers brainstorm, fact-check, proof-read them. Hosts are sometimes involved too. Yes, mistakes slip through occasionally. But this doesn’t look like a mistake," wrote Brian Stelter of CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Twitter.

"Coup?! I cover wars. Militaries. Actual coups. Where citizens violently rise up and kill each other for power over each other," wrote Kevin Baron, editor of DefenseOne.com. "This is alarmingly irresponsible language, even for Fox. Inflammatory. Baseless. Dangerous."

Even Howard Kurtz. For real.

In April, Watters was abruptly sent "on vacation" by Fox News after making what appeared to be a crude oral sex joke about President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka.