Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner unloaded on actor Mark Ruffalo after he referred to the ongoing war in Ukraine as “a gift” if it would set the world down the path toward adopting green energy.
Faulkner and her co-hosts on the network’s midday panel show “Outnumbered” weighed in on comments Ruffalo made during a recent conversation with MSNBC’s Katy Tur.
“Actor and environmental justice warrior, should I put that in quotes, because they all fly,” Faulkner began before cutting to video of the exchange. “Mark Ruffalo says the war in Ukraine that has resulted in the thousands of deaths and unspeakable war crimes we see daily has actually been a ‘gift’ for President Biden’s clean energy effort.”
“This is a moment for President Biden to take this, our momentum, people’s fear, their disgust of the war, their disgust with energy prices and–and use that to solidify a message to the American people that now is the time to transition,” Ruffalo said of the conflict. “This where the jobs are, this is where national security is, and we’re going to keep pushing him to do it and this is a gift to the president as we see it and we see him accepting it in such terms.”
"I have no doubt why people hate Hollywood." @HARRISFAULKNER minces no words in response to Mark Ruffalo's claim that war in Ukraine is a "gift" because it will force the world to pivot to green energy. pic.twitter.com/7qW2jAuSyQ
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“See, I have no doubt why people hate Hollywood,” Faulkner reacted first. “That is it right there, just do your job, just play your role! Whatever it is.”
“War is not something to be used. War is not something that is a gift, this is something you learn when you are five or maybe ten and it is elementary,” former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany added, arguing that if Ruffalo was going to make the war in Ukraine about the climate agenda, he was without empathy for those who were going through it.
“How disgusting that the climate agenda means so much to this man that he is delusional to the point of not having the empathy,” she said, referencing the heartbreaking images and stories that had come out of Ukraine in the weeks since Russia first attacked.
“Do you remember, Harris, and Emily, I know that we were on air together when the pregnant woman was bombed in that maternity hospital. And you pointed out just the blanket over her, it was so sad to watch, unfortunately she did not make it and neither did her child, those are the images of war and that’s what we must bring to light as to what is happening in Ukraine. It is certainly not a gift,” McEnany continued.