Fox News Channel host Greg Gutfeld made his position clear on the impeachment “circus” currently underway on Capitol Hill.
While Democrats accuse former President Donald Trump of undermining American democracy, Gutfeld argued that those in the mainstream media who pushed the largely discredited theory that Russia colluded with Trump’s 2016 campaign are guilty of the same offense.
As Mediaite reported, the host even held some of his own network’s personalities to task for their rhetoric.
His remarks came as the second impeachment effort against Trump transitioned from the House of Representatives to a trial in the Senate.
Democrats are making the argument that Trump incited an insurrection at the Capitol building by planting the idea in his supporters’ minds that the November election was rigged.
Critics in the GOP, however, have taken issue with several aspects of the proceedings, starting with the fact that Trump is now a private citizen. Others say that Democrats don’t have a leg to stand on after spreading the narrative that Trump stole the 2016 election with help from Russia.
Gutfeld riffed on several of those issues, condemning the trial as a “circus” with a “predetermined outcome.”
“Everyone is guilty”
He went on to declare that he refuses to be “lectured” by Democrats who largely downplayed or even supported the civil unrest that dominated many communities nationwide last summer.
The crux of his argument hinged on an assertion that everyone who played a role in promoting the Russian collusion allegation — including Fox News anchors who promulgated it — should be held to the same standards now being applied to Trump.
“If you believe that is true, then every anchor on MSNBC, every anchor on CNN, and a few anchors here at Fox News who also undermined democracy for four freaking years with the Russian hoax, they’re guilty too!” Gutfeld said. “Once you open this door, my friend, everyone is guilty.”
The host seemed particularly incensed over his belief that the entire impeachment effort amounts to an attack on the liberties of millions of pro-Trump Americans.
Gutfeld concluded: “These people pretend that they are concerned about the abuse of power, they are impeaching a private citizen over speech, a citizen who is proxy for 75 million voters. It’s not about Trump, it’s about you!”