Fox News isn’t the greatest at knowing factual things, but this is a bit silly even for them. John Oliver, while calling out bigoted Republican fear-mongering on Last Week Tonight, made this observation about the issue of the Syrian refugee crisis:
Every generation has had its own ugly reaction to refugees, whether they are the Irish, the Vietnamese, the Cubans, or the Haitians, and those fears have been broadly unfounded. In fact, there was only one time in American history where the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true, and we’ll all be sitting around a table celebrating it on Thursday.
Oliver, referring to the arrival of white Europeans in the Americas, was correct of course. While America has seen multitudes of refugees in its time, the only time it resulted in serious harm to the native population was when white people arrived. This did not sit well with the all white Republican panel on The Five. Jesse Watters missed the point entirely and descended into a hissy fit, representing the victimhood of white privilege perfectly:
I think Oliver should be thanking the Pilgrims, because without the Pilgrims bringing religious freedom here, we wouldn’t be bringing in all of these Muslims, right? Right?” You know it’s also funny, first the refugees, they compare them to orphans. Then the refugees are tourists, and now they’re just little old Pilgrims. Why even vet them, they seem so safe?
Watters intentionally leaves out a substantial amount of context. A lot of the refugees are orphans. They were compared to tourists because a travel visa for tourism is much easier to get than full residency. If refugees were really ISIS members, they would just claim they are tourists and get in so much easier. 784,000 refugees have been allowed into the nation since 9/11, and barely a handful have been tied to any form of terrorist activity. This fact was completely ignored by the commentators, as they kept complaining there is no way to properly vet the refugees. Oddly enough, Oliver had covered the extremely long and complex refugee vetting process in the same show. I guess nobody on the panel had the time to watch that part.
Watch the group of racists on Fox’s The Five, whining below:
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