Fox News Host Jesse Watters and Guests Cry ‘Hypocrisy’ After Stephen Colbert Staffers Not Prosecuted
The United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, announced on Monday that it will not prosecute nine employees of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Who was arrested last month and was charged with unlawful entry into a building on the grounds of the Capitol while recording interviews for the CBS program.
Soon after, Fox News guests lamented what they saw as a double standard, as hundreds of suspects in the January 6 uprising were prosecuted.
Fox host Jesse Watters began by calling the staff “trendsetters,” similar to what others on his network had to speak upon learning of their arrest. Watters noted that the attorney to drop charges, Matthew Graves, was appointed by President Joe Biden and worked under Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“As it turned out, he was also the January 6 investigative prosecutor,” Watters continued. “Does he treat those people equally?”
For comment, Watters turned to Ned Ryun, founder and CEO of American Majority, a conservative nonprofit.
“That’s Graves’ unbelievable hypocrisy,” Ryun grumbled. “To highlight hypocrisy, more than 200 people have been charged and pleaded guilty to marching on January 6, which is a Class B misdemeanor, even though they walked through the open door, in front of the police, but was not asked to leave. . However, Graves did indeed recommend charges and a sentence of 60 to 90 days in prison. “
“But not with Colbert,” continued Ryun, saying the potential punishment for employees if proven guilty would be up to 180 days in prison. He later stated that with the right political connections, “everything falls apart and it’s just a shrug when you walk away.”
Similar opinions were expressed in Hannity, where the host of the same name asked a former Trump White House press secretary what it would be like if those arrested were instead referred to as “Kayleigh McEnany Nine” or “Sean Hannity Nine.” . “Are we going to be treated the same?”
“Of course we won’t. There is a standard for the Democratic Party. There is a standard for the Republican Party. You see that all the time in the press with the news about President Trump,” McEnany replied. “It’s just common sense. We all know that at this point.”