The scene over at Fox News’ “The Five” on Wednesday got really uncomfortable between co-hosts Greg Gutfeld and Juan Williams when the latter, the most left-leaning voice on the team, accused Gutfeld and others of being deep “in the bunker.”
The increasingly tense exchange, which resulted in Gutfeld threatening to throw Williams off the set, occurred during the co-hosts’ analysis of the testimony of Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer-turned-“rat” Michael Cohen.
Cohen told the House Oversight Committee Wednesday that his former boss — for whom he once said he’d “take a bullet” — is a “racist,” “conman,” and a “cheat,” who has been involved in “illicit acts.” Presenting what he describes as “irrefutable” evidence of Trump’s wrongdoing, including after taking office, Cohen painted Trump in all the ways Democrats have repeatedly portrayed him. But Cohen also admitted that he had no evidence whatsoever of collusion and failed to present solid evidence of clear illegal actions.
When Williams and co-host Dana Perino began discussing Trump’s “pattern” of using the “catch-and-kill” strategy to kill unflattering stories of him, Gutfeld slammed Williams for failing to let panelist Morgan Ortagus talk.
“Gosh, are you guys gonna ever let me finish!” exclaimed Williams.
“No, because you’re always ‘finishing’!” said Gutfeld. “There’s somebody sitting there who hasn’t said a damn word!”
“You are so deep in the bunker and—” Williams began, but Gutfeld, clearly livid, cut him off.
“Oh shut up, Juan!” yelled Gutfeld. “I’m in nobody’s ‘bunker.’ Enough with your ‘bunker’—! I’m trying to be polite to somebody on the panel, Juan — which you won’t do, which you won’t do!”
Juan sniffed in disgust, “Oh my god.”
Later, as Jesse Watters dismisses Cohen’s testimony as having failed to provide any meaningful new evidence, Williams drops his “bunker” reference again. This time, Gutfeld goes nuclear.
“Again, you’re so blind, because you, like Greg, are deep in the bunker.”
“You know, if you say that again, I’m going to throw you off the set,” says Gutfeld, apparently serious.
“Oh no!” Williams says mockingly.
“Because you know what the bunker means?” says Gutfeld, leaning in and pointing at him across the table. “What your intimating is that who is in the bunker? Adolf Hitler, correct?”
“No I was not,” says Williams.
“No, no, no, that’s what you’re saying.”
“You’re so far off,” says Williams, repeating, “No,” and trying to explain himself.
“You choose the worst intent of people’s words,” says Gutfeld. “Like when I say that I believe something, I’m in the bunker.”
One of the most analyzed moments from Cohen’s testimony Wednesday was his claim that he did not want a job in the White House. Cohen, who pleaded guilty to lying to Congress last year and was sentenced in December to three years in prison for multiple counts of fraud and campaign finance violations, was asked by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) if he was bitter about Trump not getting him a job in the White House.
“How long did you work in the White House?” Jordan asked.
“I never worked in the White House,” said Cohen.
“That’s the point, isn’t it, Mr. Cohen?” said Jordan. “You wanted to work in the White House, but you didn’t get brought to the dance.”
Cohen denied Jordan’s claim, saying he was “extremely proud to be personal attorney to the President of the United States of America.”
Even CNN had to call out Cohen on that one, noting that this is yet more evidence that he’s willing to lie to Congress under oath.