Fox News host Melissa Francis got very emotional during Wednesday’s airing of “Outnumbered” while trying to make sense of and defend President Donald Trump’s comments about the Charlottesville attack, which many condemned as racist.
Co-host Juan Williams compared the Charlottesville attack to the fight against the Nazis in World War II and said, “People who fought against World War II against Nazis in a U.S. uniform did not want to hear, ‘Both sides have something to say here.’”
Williams went on to call Trump’s comments “unbelievable,” and added that there is only “one side” when it comes to racist groups such as white supremacists, KKK members, and neo-Nazis.
In an attempt to defend the president’s comments, Francis claimed that Trump never said that there was “equal blame” for both sides.
When confronted by co-host Marie Harf, who reminded Francis that Trump said that there were “very fine people” on both sides of the Charlottesville incident, Francis broke down.
Marie Harf countered that Trump said there were “very fine people” on both sides, adding “it was clear what he was talking about.”
“I am so uncomfortable having this conversation,” Francis wept. “I know what’s in my heart and I know that I don’t think anyone is different, better or worse based on the color of their skin, but I feel like there is nothing any of us can say right now without being judged.”
Co-host Harris Faulkner consoled Francis, and claimed that the United States is equipped in 2017 to have a racially charged conversation and still remain reasonable.
“We can have this conversation,” Faulkner said. “And it’s OK if we cry having it.”
Trump was widely criticized on Tuesday after making claims that “alt-left” perpetrators were also responsible for the violence in Charlottesville.
During his remarks, which were made from the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City, the president said, “
See the segment in the video below.