Fox News Host Tells Trump Cult Conference to ‘Go In With The Kill Shot’ Against Dr. Fauci

The descent of Fox News in the dystopian era of Donald Trump has been a chilling spectacle to behold. What was once a flagrantly biased right-wing propaganda outlet that shamelessly lied and twisted reality to advance the Republican agenda, has become a bona fide conspiracy spewing mouthpiece for fringe views and overtly hostile elements of the radical Trumpian right.

Jesse Watters, Fox News

It’s bad enough that Fox News has participated in disseminating Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him. And it’s unconscionable that they have recklessly dismissed the severity of the COVID pandemic (aka the Fox News Pandemic) and encouraged their viewers to reject life-saving mitigation such as getting vaccinated and wearing masks. And it’s downright treasonous that they engaged in purposeful deception to excuse and even condone the violent rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6th. But Fox News has also deliberately contributed to the inflammatory climate of hostility that has produced threats and attacks on their political adversaries in the reality-based world.

Never satisfied with merely peddling lies and keeping their viewers mired in ignorance, a Fox News host has gone the extra mile to blatantly incite violence against America’s foremost epidemiologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Appearing at another super-spreader event thrown by the ultra-rightist, Trump cult front group, Turning Point USA. Fox’s Jesse Watters delivered a particularly nauseating address that contained irresponsible rhetoric that cannot be interpreted as anything other than a threat against Dr. Fauci (video below). Watters directed his audience of malleable-minded Trumpists to seek out Dr. Fauci in public and, when they find him, to confront him aggressively saying…

“Now you go in with the kill shot. The kill shot with an ambush…deadly. Because with an ambush he doesn’t see it coming.”

There is no justification for that sort of deliberately bloodthirsty language. It’s clear that Watters hopes to whip up his audience into an army of domestic terrorists to fan out across the country and threaten anyone that doesn’t submit to the Trump cult’s way of non-thinking. But Watters wasn’t finished. Just to make sure they got his message, he added…

“This is when you say ‘Dr. Fauci, you funded risky research at a sloppy Chinese lab. The same lab that’s thrown this pandemic on the world. You know why people don’t trust you, don’t you? BOOM! He is dead. He is dead.”

So Watters wants Dr. Fauci dead. And the audience cheered these remarks emphatically. Never mind that the script he prepared for his murderous robots was utterly inane. All Fauci would have to say in reply is “None of that is true, but thanks for sharing your opinion.” Then he could continue his meal assuming they didn’t kill him. But Watters still had more to say. He needed to remind his terror recruits what the ultimate purpose of this was…

“Now you get that footage to us, you get it to Fox. You get it to Human Events. You get it to Breitbart. You get it to Daily Caller. You get it to the Turning Point pipeline. Imagine Tucker Carlson teases that in the A block: ‘Coming up. Brave college student confronts Lord Fauci at dinner. Exclusive footage. Right back.’ Get us that. That’s what we want.”

Naturally, it’s all about producing even more propaganda that can be disseminated on Fox News and its wingnut media confederates. This is something that Watters is all too familiar with. He began his career at Fox as a smartass who did ambush interviews for Bill O’Reilly and showed his total lack of morals. For that he was promoted to hosting Fox’s daily The Five and his own weekend program. Also, Watters was working for O’Reilly when Dr. George Tiller was murdered after O’Reilly repeatedly called him “Dr. Tiller the baby killer.” So Watters knows the deadly power of his rancid rhetoric.

For the record, Dr. Fauci responded to this assault saying…

“That’s horrible. And that’s such a reflection of the craziness that goes on in society. The only thing that I have ever done throughout these two years is to encourage people to practice good public health practices: to get vaccinated, to be careful in public settings, to wear a mask. And for that, you have some guy out there saying that people should be giving me a kill shot to ambush me? I mean, what kind of craziness is there in society these days? That’s awful that he said that. And he’s going to go, very likely, unaccountable. I mean, whatever network he’s on is not going to do anything for him. I mean, that’s crazy. The guy should be fired on the spot.”

Indeed. Watters should be fired. So should Fox’s Lara Logan who recently compared Dr. Fauci to the sadistic Nazi “doctor” Josef Mengele. But don’t expect Fox News to show the slightest bit of responsibility or decency. That isn’t their style. They will continue to incite violence and spread lies because that’s the mission that has been dictated to them by their corporate masters, Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch. And their on-air missionaries – Watters, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, etc. – are all too happy to obey.

UPDATE: Not surprisingly, Fox News is defending Watters. They released a statement saying that “Watters was using a metaphor [and that] his words have been twisted completely out of context.” Yes, it was a metaphor. But no, it wasn’t taken out of context. The danger posed by crafting violent metaphors is real. There are zealots who will, and have, acted them out. Rational people in the media know this and would never use the sort of language that Watters used. Which makes Watters responsible for the hardship he has thrust on Dr. Fauci, and for any harm that comes to him if someone takes his words literally.

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17 thoughts on “Fox News Host Tells Trump Cult Conference to ‘Go In With The Kill Shot’ Against Dr. Fauci

  1. This is absolutely nauseating. Is there no way this asshole can be prosecuted for incitement to voilence?

  2. Watters is such a vile waste of flesh. Why hasn’t the FBI paid him a visit? By the way, I tried tweeting this post & Twitter wouldn’t let me.

    • Wow! What happened when you tried to post it? I’ve never heard of that.

        • GREAT! I thought that it must have been a glitch. And thanks so much for posting. This really needs to be spread.

    • Sorry. Same thing happened to me. But twitter BANNED me! I posted that if Ted Cruz keeps on being Ted, he might hang “himself”. Stay with News Corpse. They have allowed me to vent my frustrations.

  3. I just kept getting an “oops, something went wrong” message. I’ll try again later.

    • Yep. 1st thing any Authoritarian Rule, despot/dictator does is to “neutralize” anyone they consider a threat to them; starting with the smarter people, who could speak up & folks might listen. Can’t have that, now can we!?!
      Watters chose his words so if someone did ambush Dr. Fauci & take a “kill shot”, Watters could then claim that he meant it metaphorically & not a literal ‘ambush’ & ‘kill shot’ which he thinks would absolve him of responsibility for anyone else’s actions. Huh! AS IF anyone listening to him speak would understand concept of ‘metaphorical’ & not take it literally!

      It’s that kind of talk, by Trump & all his just-as-guilty cohorts & instigators , haters & traitors, that’s so very dangerous to us all! Not just what they say, but the fact that they are constantly saying such things (w/o getting in any shit for it), suggesting violent acts as if it’s normal, expected behavior. It is not!
      Anytime that some dimwitted jerk (his audience) commits a violent act, they should both be on trial for it! Goes for Trump et al. ~ those people may be haters, but before this they knew better than to act on it! Now, they’re hearing their leaders & ppl they trust telling them basically, that it’s ok to respond to what they don’t like with violence! Since when, is that ok??! We did (do?) have laws against agitating angry, weak-minded ppl to be violent, to injure/kill people. Cuz’ it comes from elected officials, like Gaetz, MTG, Trump, etc. & celebs (in their world), makes some ppl think that makes it ok to think, talk & do like they hear said. We’ve seen the danger & violence it creates! It’s being built-up & fed by public entities who know better, but they’re training foot soldiers to be ready when they say “Go!” It’s a calculated act! That goes beyond free speech limits & any thinking person knows that. Must we wait until after the predicted violence occurs (again) to do something?!? Maybe another committee to investigate the details? Perhaps, years later, a report comes out & DOJ does nothing about it? By then, it’s long past & life goes on in the new, uglier, more violent America. “Tsk-tsk”, is all we’ll hear…

      • I read your post and to me it was good, meaning truthful. What I worry about is that Trump’s “just -as guilty cohorts and instigators, haters and traitors” still can vote and put a very dangerous Trump back into the oval office. BTW, did you know Ted Cruz, one of Trump’s chief enablers, is seriously considering his own candidacy for presidency?

        • I have always been more afraid of Trump’s supporters than of him.

          • You shouldn’t be afraid of Ted Cruz. He is nothing but a big blowhard. Wait, he is responsible for me getting kicked off twitter. I should not use such abusive language. But, I don’t care. In my opinion, Twitter lost my respect. I’ll just buy a t-shirt-Jesus I hate Ted Cruz, or Ted Cruz is the zodiac killer

  4. This is sickening! It’s reminiscent of how the Nazis went after scientists and intellectuals like Albert Einstein. This asshole needs to be terminated!

  5. Wonder what would happen if “the other side” (us) also began doing the same thing ~ openly promoting violence against them?!! Constantly portraying their side as the enemy?!!

  6. Yes, there is definitely something wrong with Fox news. Truthfully, I used to love two young men, Tucker Carlson and Jessie Watters. Next comes the old wreck, Sean Hannity. What on God’s green earth happened to them. Was it Trump? “Malignant narcissist”, xenophobic, misogynist. socio-psychopath, CON-ARTIST Trump. When he came down the pike, everyone started hating everyone else. Fox should know better.

  7. I try to be as careful as possible to never tweet anything that could be considered a threat to anyone. I did it once and was suspended for 24 hours so I never did it again. I don’t know why some people, like Cawthorn, can tweet whatever they want, and Trump’s spokesperson can tweet messages from him even though he’s banned and nothing happens to them, but Twitter singles out other individuals for no apparent reason.

  8. When’s this dangerous, disloyal, lying, a*swipe GOING to be arrested, huh? When the fck is THAT going to happen? Oh, most likely, NEVER you say. NOT a surprise if that’s what happened. Never mind.

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