On Tuesday, while Fox News hosts on “The Five” discussed the latest polling on the president and his Democratic challengers, the mostly-conservative panel asked each other why voters seem to hold more favorable views of socialism than they used to.
Democratic commentator Juan Williams offered a suggestion: it might be because the GOP’s strategy of demonizing Democrats as socialists has backfired. In other words, rather than tearing down Democrats, the strategy built up socialism.
“Let me just tell you something,” said Williams. “The problem here is … Trump and the Republicans are responsible for the popularity of socialism. You know why?”
“Why?” asked Jesse Watters.
“Because they keep saying every good idea and policy that the Democrats come up with, oh, socialism,” said Williams.
“Name one,” said Dana Perino.
“Just dismiss it, folks, it’s socialism,” said Williams. “Let’s fix health care for America. Let’s do something about student debt. Huh, socialism. And then you know that graph you showed, Greg, about the ages? Huh. How interesting that seniors who get Social Security and Medicare say oh, terrible thing, socialism — that’s a socialist policy.”
“Isn’t that their money?” pushed back Greg Gutfeld. “I put a lot of money to Social Security. It’s not coming back. I’ll never see it again.”
“No, it’s not,” said Williams. “Yes you have, but it does not cover the cost … It’s the young people who are putting in, who are paying for those policies — I think they’re less likely to see Social Security than the seniors.”
“I agree with you,” admitted Gutfeld.
“You look at the GI bill, you look at so many things,” continued Williams. “They are intended to mediate the excesses of capitalism, which has embraced everything from child labor, to slavery, to monopolies — that’s capitalism!”
WATCH: Trump admits he talked to Ukraine president about Joe Biden and his son
President Donald Trump Sunday morning admitted he brought up Joe Biden and the former Vice President’s son Hunter Biden while speaking with the President of Ukraine.
“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption,” Trump said, speaking to reporters from the White House lawn.
BREAKING: President Trump admits that he talked to the Ukrainian president about former Vice President Biden. #MTP #IfItsSunday@kristenwelker: "From the president's perspective, the only way to put this story to bed is to release the transcript." pic.twitter.com/aaJ6DjMN0E
New York Times battered on MSNBC for pushing smear of Hunter Biden in order to maintain access to Trump
An "AM Joy" panel jumped all over the New York Times for pushing a widely debunked smear of Hunter Biden promoted by Donald Trump, saying the newspaper is more interested in maintaining their access to the Oval Office than debunking the lie.
Speaking with host Joy Reid -- who noted that her producers asked for comment from the Times but were rebuffed -- MSNBC regular Maria Teresa Kumar scorched the Times, as well as reporter Ken Vogel, for the uncritical parroting of the president's smear.
Ukrainian journalist throws down gauntlet after Giuliani smear: ‘I express my readiness to testify’
A Ukrainian journalist said on Sunday that he would be willing to testify to Congress against President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
After Giuliani unleashed a bizarre rant on CNN accusing Democrats of trying to get help from Ukraine in the 2016 election, Ukrainian journalist Serhiy Leshchenko wrote an op-ed exposing the accusation as a lie.
In his op-ed, Leshchenko explains:
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the Manafort revelations would become fodder for the U.S. elections in 2020. President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, the mouthpiece of this campaign, is not only attempting to rehabilitate Manafort but is also working to undermine U.S. relations with Ukraine, which has been confronting Russian aggression on its own for more than five years. Giuliani and his associates are trying to drag our newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, into a conflict between two foreign political parties, drastically limiting Ukraine’s room for maneuver in respect to the United States, perhaps its most important international partner.