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Fox News' roving sexist Jesse Watters and Donald Trump have the nerve to criticize other people's misogyny

Of course, if anyone would know about inappropriately stalking young women, it'd be Watters -- that's his shtick


Scott Eric Kaufman
December 30, 2015 6:26PM (UTC)

Jesse Watters guest-hosted "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday evening, and opened the program with a segment about Donald Trump's decision to start attacking Bill Clinton as a serial "abuser" of women.

Watters took evident joy in detailing the former president's sexual history, choosing words that are in no way loaded to describe the scandals that plagued his terms in office -- words like "prey," "aggressive," "predator," "stalked," and "abused."

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Watters neglected to note that he himself has a penchant for stalking women, nor did he mention that his "Watters' World" segment frequently features the guest host being highly inappropriate with younger women -- the very crimes he accuses Clinton of having committed.

Moreover, the fact that he's doing so at the behest of "O'Reilly Factor" favorite Donald Trump is even more galling, given the real estate magnate's long history of misogyny, much of the evidence of which comes from his own books, as Megyn Kelly pointed out at the first Republican debate.

But putting all that aside, the segment itself was an exercise in conservative myth-making. The Boston Herald's Adrianna Cohen claimed that "Clinton was impeached for the sexual harassment of Monica Lewinsky" -- which he most certainly was not. Conservatives would prefer people remember it that way, but in fact Clinton was impeached for refusing to cooperate fully with Newt Gingrinch's ideologically driven legislative crusade.

That's neither here nor there, though, in Watters' world, in which Hillary Clinton's campaign is going to be tanked by her decision to have a man whose average approval rating was higher than Ronald Reagan's -- despite the endless barrage of salacious rumors coming from conservative corners -- come and help her out on the campaign trail.

As Fox News contributor Leslie Marshall pointed out, "Donald Trump's behavior and Bill Clinton's behavior are their behaviors -- Hillary Clinton's behavior is her behavior. And Donald Trump, having cheated on his first wife with his second, and now he's on his third, should not be pointing fingers."

Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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