Fox Business anchor: Anti-Kavanaugh protesters are "a real danger to democracy"

Fox Business anchor: Anti-Kavanaugh protesters are "a real danger to democracy"

Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth agrees: "It's thug tactics"

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From the October 5 edition of Fox Business' Varney & Co.:

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STUART VARNEY (HOST): To me, these protesters have nothing to do with free speech and democracy, they're intimidating people.

PETE HEGSETH (FOX & FRIENDS WEEKEND HOST): Yeah, it's thug tactics. This has been the --

VARNEY: Thugs, thank you.

HEGSETH: -- fill in the blank resistance from the beginning. Remember when they hadn't decided who it was going to be, the president hasn't announced it, but the signs were already made for any candidate it was, they were going to be resisted no matter what. This has never been about Kavanaugh, this has always been about two things; the balance of the court, this is a swing spot -- so it matters that much more to the left -- and it's also always been about President Trump. This is an extension of the resistance. Any Republican that doesn't vote for this eminently qualified conservative nominee might as well leave the Republican Party, which [Sen.] Jeff Flake is doing by the way, because he can't run for re-election.

VARNEY: There is real danger here. When you've got these youngsters right in a senator's face, gesticulating, and shouting, and screaming, that's -- there's a danger there that you'll actually erupt into physical violence inside the Senate building. I find this a real danger to democracy.

HEGSETH: It's an extension of what's happening on the streets. We've seen physical violence against Trump supporters in the streets, in various places, at different rallies. So now it's come to the Senate floor on a consequential vote.

Previously:

Fox & Friends host: Women protesters "are attacking" senators "and yelling at them. ... It's pretty dangerous"

Tucker Carlson attacks Kavanaugh protests: "These are the kids of orthodontists and lawyers"

“It seemed pretty dangerous”: Right-wing and pro-Trump media lash out at Kavanaugh confirmation hearing protesters

Fox & Friends guest calls for "harsher penalties against" Kavanaugh confirmation hearing protesters

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