During an extremely bizarre and awkward exchange, Fox News host Melissa Francis specifically suggested former House Speaker Newt Gingrich should not bring billionaire activist George Soros into the discussion.
After Newt protested, saying “He paid for it!,” Liberal Fox News panelist Marie Harf chimes in and says “No he didn’t. I agree with Melissa. George Soros doesn’t need to be a part of this conversation.”
After several seconds of awkward silence that feel like they last forever, Newt says “ok….. so it’s verboten.” (meaning forbidden)
This is one of the weirdest exchanges I’ve ever seen on TV. @newtgingrich correctly points out that George Soros threw an unprecedented amount of money into DA races all over the country to elect radicals and Fox News basically told him to shut up. WTF? pic.twitter.com/IxwcLG2gOH
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 16, 2020
Earlier this month, Newt Gingrich had tweeted “Why are some in the left so afraid of our mentioning George Soros’ name that they scream anti-semitic? It IS his name. He IS funding pro-criminal,anti police district attorneys. Why is the left afraid of the facts?”
David Dudenhoefer wrote on Twitter in reaction to the exchange:
I didn’t realize how left Fox News has become until this very moment. Newt Gingrich is 100% accurate with the best analysis I’ve ever heard. Apparently the truth is “verboten” on Fox. My question is: What does George Soros have on the powers-that-be at Fox News?
I didn’t realize how left Fox News has become until this very moment.
Newt Gingrich is 100% accurate with the best analysis I’ve ever heard. Apparently the truth is “verboten” on Fox.
My question is: What does George Soros have on the powers-that-be at Fox News? pic.twitter.com/QcUA7THQLw
— David Dudenhoefer #ReplaceRashida Tlaib (@Dude4Liberty) September 16, 2020
Sebastian Gorka commented “He who must not be mentioned. Nothing to see here.”
He who must not be mentioned.
Nothing to see here. https://t.co/k7604zEGiq
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) September 17, 2020
Jonathan Gilliam wrote “This is the most disturbing exchange I’ve ever seen on television.”
This is the most disturbing exchange I’ve ever seen on television. Watch the discussion come to a screeching halt on @foxnews as @newtgingrich references #GeorgeSoros, which causes @HARRISFAULKNER @MelissaAFrancis & #MarieHarf to react uncontrollably to stop the conversation! pic.twitter.com/6DySCP4ict
— Jonathan T Gilliam (@JGilliam_SEAL) September 16, 2020
Some Twitter users are appealing directly to Melissa Francis to explain what took place.
How about explaining what happened today on outnumbered . Ppl are outraged about cutting off newt in ref to George Soros. Ppl are tweeting & retweeting all day. Please explain
— Audrey (@souffan21) September 16, 2020
I almost wrecked my car today listening to Outnumbered… Shameful way to treat Newt and why provide cover for Soros? I just changed the channel…Im not trusting many of the journalists on Fox. I’m listening to Rush or Patriot. Trumps right…FNC is a mess.
— jewls (@kewljewls) September 17, 2020
I wrote a whole thread detailing what George Soros has done to spent unprecedented amounts of $ on getting extremists elected as DA’s for you to read. Are you going to apologize to @newtgingrich for shutting him down today? No shame in admitting you didn’t know. https://t.co/F3jjyffH8P
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 17, 2020
Melissa what happened with Newt/Soros today? You’re a straight shooter and that was weird!
— Laura (@LorieBama) September 16, 2020
You can watch the entire segment here: