'Massive hypocrites': Fox News pundit called out after he cheers on a restaurant banning Biden voters
Far-right Fox News pundit Pete Hegseth has spent a lot of time railing against "cancel culture," and in 2018, he slammed business owners who didn't want to serve Donald Trump's press secretary as intolerant. But being consistent is not Hegseth's strong point. And this week, the Fox host is being called a hypocrite for applauding a Florida diner owner who doesn't want to serve supporters of President Joe Biden.
In 2018, Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of a Lexington, Virginia restaurant called The Red Hen, asked then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave. Hegseth, filling in for Fox News' Laura Ingraham on "The Ingraham Angle" on July 6, 2018, commented, "If discriminating against Trump officials or his supporters proves such a boon for the bottom line, are more places going to follow suit?... What does it say about the left that they stand in solidarity with a business that kicks out a paying customer just because of their political position?"
Hegseth's position on The Red Hen was clear: Wilkinson was being intolerant by asking Sanders to leave because of her pro-Trump politics. But this week, Hegseth was happy to defend Volusia, Florida diner owner Angie Ugarte, who doesn't want Biden supporters in her business. Ugarte posted a sign in the window of the DeBary Diner that read, "If you voted for and continue to support and stand behind the worthless, inept and corrupt administration currently inhabiting the White House that is complicit in the death of our servicemen and women in Afghanistan, please take your business elsewhere."
Pete Hegseth, who has constantly railed against liberal "cancel culture," endorses a Florida diner banning Biden voters:\n\n"I actually think this could lead to a lot more business for her than those that turn away."\n\nFox host Emily Compagno: "That's a great point!"pic.twitter.com/RIMV9BcHrF— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1630515792
Anyway, we went ahead and wrote about Fox's anti-"cancel culture" warriors suddenly applauding the banning of Biden voters.\n\nStay for the kicker, which features Hegseth railing against The Red Hen in 2018 for kicking Sarah Sanders out.https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-anti-cancel-culture-warriors-applaud-diner-owner-for-banning-biden-supporters\u00a0\u2026— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1630521167
Hegseth, discussing Ugarte with his Fox colleagues, commented, "It's a free country — for now. And she's expressing a sentiment and speaking for a lot of people…. My inbox is full of people saying: Where can I give money, where can I go, what can I do?"
Hegseth added some more comments in support of Ugarte, while promoting former President Trump's debunked election fraud lies.
"The ballot box feels so far away," Hegseth continued, "and even then, there are a lot of questions about election integrity for a lot of people. And so, there's a lot of dismay, and they don't know where to turn… Customers can make a choice. And I actually think this will lead to a lot more business for her than those that turn away."
Hegseth in 2018 after the Red Inn thing: \nhttps://www.foxnews.com/transcript/tom-fitton-fbi-looked-for-excuses-to-target-trumps-team\u00a0\u2026 https://twitter.com/justinbaragona/status/1433113218948403201\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/QHS4Cc71ou— Adam Smith (@Adam Smith) 1630519109
After that segment was tweeted, it didn't take long for Hegseth to be called out for his hypocrisy. Georgetown University's Don Moynihan noted that Hegseth has no problem with "cancel culture" when it comes from the MAGA far right:
Its beyond mundane to point out that a lot of the "civility" and "cancel culture" folks are massive hypocrites but I'm doing it anyway.pic.twitter.com/QuV6PsKiiN— Don Moynihan (@Don Moynihan) 1630519330
Here are some more responses to Hegseth's defense of Ugarte:
it is only cancel culture when you are being canceled.— Benjamin Y. Clark (@Benjamin Y. Clark) 1630520529
It is the same sanctimonious hypocrisy that has defined the past five years for the GQP. \u201cAnything we do is fine, but if you dare contradict us, you are the problem.\u201d— Mark Dalton (@Mark Dalton) 1630523477
Not surprising. This is the same moron who tried to catch @jamestalarico in some kind of snare by bringing up Texas Dems not wearing masks on a bus as if like\u2026Fox News have been big proponents of COVID safety? He\u2019s such an idiot.— Gomez's Helmet (@Gomez's Helmet) 1630520636
Business owner apparently thinks only 13 servicemembers died in Afghanistan throughout the entirety of the conflict.— UtahGray (@UtahGray) 1630517922
Didnt these people crap their pants when Sarah sanders was asked to leave a restaurant after giving her free appetizers?— The Space Pope (@The Space Pope) 1630519852
I'm down with it, actually. I'd prefer to know exactly what type of people are cooking my food before I eat it and it's pretty clear these aren't the best people.— OUFENIX (D) (@OUFENIX (D)) 1630524199
I want to go to this diner wearing a Biden shirt and see what happens. But since it's in Florida, I'll pass.— Supra Elongata (@Supra Elongata) 1630521600
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