Fox's Juan Williams says he isn't sure that Thomas Jefferson forced sex on slave he fathered children with

Fox's Juan Williams says he isn't sure that Thomas Jefferson forced sex on slave he fathered children with

Historians explain that Jefferson fathered multiple children with Sally Hemings while she was enslaved

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From the August 17 edition of Fox News' The Five:

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JUAN WILLIAMS (CO-HOST): This is -- this is where I jump off the ship, because to me, Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings and all the forced sex you want to talk about, I'm not sure about it, but -- even so, Founding Father is Thomas Jefferson, and he has written into that document some things that I find heartwarming, in fact, inspiring to this day.

So, I don't see that. But now I listen to him, Jesse, and he says that his family, that he as a black person in America feels personally offended that he has to pay to support this man's monument. What do you say?

JESSE WATTERS (CO-HOST): I think we found the one thing that Al Sharpton does not want the government to spend money on. We finally found it.

[...]

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): I think that Al Sharpton is constantly trying to poke the cage, and he is a sensationalist, and he is trying to bring, like, sex into it, and the whole thing. I don't really give a lot of credence to what he has to say, because I think he's somebody who inflames situations and also has proffered false narratives in the past. Not saying that this is, but I don't -- I have no bid for him.

WILLIAMS: Well, I think he is sincere, it's just that I disagree with him on Jefferson. I remain a big fan of Thomas Jefferson.

Related:

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation: Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: A Brief Account

Previously:

The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway on removing Confederate statues: "It starts with statues, it moves to books, it ends with people"​

Anderson Cooper shows Donald Trump's racist press conference shared "striking similarities" to a white supremacist's talking points

Angelo Carusone on The Bill Press Show: Trump's defense of white supremacists in Charlottesville "sounded exactly like Fox News"
 

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