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Watch: Dr. Fauci Says Fox News Host Who Said To “Ambush” Him With “Kill Shot” Should Be Fired On The Spot

Watch: Dr. Fauci Says Fox News Host Who Said To “Ambush” Him With “Kill Shot” Should Be Fired On The Spot

What’s the appropriate response to violent rhetoric against a public official? Dr. Anthony Fauci believes that Fox News host Jesse Watters should be “fired on the spot” after Watters shouted from a stage at a Turning Point USA NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 13: Jesse Watters host of “The Five” interviews Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush during “The Five” at Fox News Studios on November 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)[/caption]

Watters’ statements are being defended as rhetorical or metaphorical, but as you can see in the clip below, the words themselves invoke violent imagery and physical harm.

Watters says, “Now you go in for the kill shot. The kill shot, with an ambush. Deadly. Because he doesn’t see it coming.”

He transitions into describing an argument in which one accuses Fauci of funding research that caused the pandemic, and declares, “Boom! He’s dead!”

Watters then paints a scene in which the person confronting Fauci sends the footage to conservative networks and is labeled a “brave college student” for the effort, finally telling them to “just make sure it’s legal,” but this doesn’t really do much to negate the violent and threatening imagery of the previous words.

Fauci, who has previously discussed the extra security he’s had to hire for himself and his family since the politicization of the pandemic, responded on CNN, saying that Watters “should be fired on the spot,” but recognizing that it’s unlikely.

“You have some guy out there saying that people should be giving me a kill shot, to ambush me? What kind of craziness is there in society these days? That’s awful that he said that. And he’s going to go, very likely, unaccountable. Whatever network he’s on is not going to do anything. That’s crazy, the guy should be fired on the spot.”

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