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Fox News star Greg Gutfeld went off during a discussion of former President Donald Trump’s latest indictment in Georgia during a Tuesday segment on “The Five.”
Gutfeld, who also stars in one of Fox’s primetime slots later in the evening, responded after former Tennessee Democratic Rep. Harold Ford, a network contributor, said Trump won’t be able to use the excuse that he’s running for the presidency to get out of the charges.
“Once you exhaust the legal avenues — and in the state of Georgia, you’ll remember, they counted those votes three times,” Ford began. “They counted them the night of, they then counted again using the machines, and they counted a manual count, which President Trump had every right to ask for.
“Once all of that happened, to your point, Judge [Jeanine Pirro], you’re exactly right on the fact this will be to his state of mind,” Ford continued.
“Now, the fact that President Trump is running for president, should that be some protection? He chose to run for president. So, it’s not as if, if that becomes a defense, if you are being charged, or you are being the target of an investigation, all you gotta do is run for president. And say, ‘You know what? You’re going to get in the middle of my campaign if you do,'” he added.
Ford went on, but at one point, a fed-up Gutfeld broke in.
“You don’t think this is totally over the top?” Gutfeld asked.
“Everything you say makes sense except it’s all bullshit!” he said excitedly. “It’s all nonstop. We know this is designed to banish and isolate and destroy a political outsider who predicted this. [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer, remember, he said ‘Don’t mess with intel agencies, don’t mess with the intel agencies, they will arrest your team and keep it off the field!’”
“But, do you not think he’s done anything to deserve any of this?” Ford responded, asking Gutfeld to opine about Trump.
“Oh, I, I— he is probably one of the most troubling, consequential figures in history. But, no, he doesn’t deserve any of this,” the late-night host responded.
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign criticized Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and other prosecutors over his indictment, which is related to allegations that he attempted to invalidate the state’s 2020 election results.
The Trump campaign mocked Willis as a “rabid partisan who is campaigning and raising money on a platform of prosecuting President Trump through these bogus indictments” in a statement that was not attributed to a specific spokesperson.
“Ripping a page from Crooked Joe Biden’s playbook, Willis has strategically stalled her investigation to try and maximally interfere with the 2024 presidential race and damage the dominant Trump campaign. All of these corrupt Democrat attempts will fail,” the campaign added in a statement.
Trump and his allies have accused Willis and others of engaging in “election interference” aimed at hurting his 2024 presidential campaign.
“These activities by Democrat leaders constitute a grave threat to American democracy and are direct attempts to deprive the American people of their rightful choice to cast their vote for President,” the campaign statement said. “Call it election interference or election manipulation—it is a dangerous effort by the ruling class to suppress the choice of the people. It is un-American and wrong.”
Willis got some bad news on Tuesday from a former federal prosecutor in relation to the case.
The DA has set an ambitious goal of going to trial in the case against the former president and 18 others within six months. But former prosecutor Jennifer Rodgers told CNN on Tuesday, hours after the indictment, that Willis will probably not get what she wants.
“Back in 2022 just last year, she brought a case against a rapper and several others. What does that tell you about the timing of this case and how quickly or slowly it might be able to come to trial?” CNN anchor Sara Sidner said to the former prosecutor.
“Fani Willis has a lot of experience with RICO throughout her prosecutorial career, so she knows what she’s doing in this regard. But going back to the Young Thug case, it’s still in jury selection. I mean months and months just in jury selection,” she said.