Fox & Friends has long been considered the safest province for President Donald Trump supporters on cable news, but a segment today proved an exception to that rule.
In what seemed to be meant as a classic left vs right debate over the public statues of Confederate “heroes,” the segment turned into a remarkably emotional discussion in which both Democratic and Republican panelists expressed tear-stained sadness about the state of the nation following the deadly protests in Charlottesville last weekend.
Enter a clearly emotional Gianno Caldwell, who was ID’d as a “Republican Political Analyst,” who refused to take the statue debate bait and opened with “I come today with a very heavy heart.” He then uttered critical words rarely heard on Fox News, saying “last night I couldn’t sleep at all because president Trump, our president is literally betrayed the conscience of our country.”
More from Caldwell:
“Mr. President, good people don’t pile around with Nazis and white supremacists. Maybe they don’t consider themselves white supremacists and Nazis, certainly they hold those views. This has become very troubling for anyone to come on any network and defend what President Trump did and said at that press conference yesterday is completely lost and the potential to be morally bankrupt. I’m sorry, no I believe that and I’m being very honest as one who has been talking about these issues for a very long time. I’m sorry that this is where we are right now. I hope the president learns a lesson from his press conference on yesterday. It’s disturbing.”
— JessicaSimeone (@JessicaSimeone) August 16, 2017