The hosts of “Fox & Friends” gave credit where credit was due even if that meant praising those with opposing political views.
On Friday’s edition of the Fox News morning show, Brian Kilmeade told his cohosts that he has “hope for this country” following recent common sense remarks by HBO host Bill Maher and U.S. Sen. John Fetterman.
Fetterman has sparked the ire of progressives and many who were on board with him before he began standing on principles in defending Israel and calling out the disastrous immigration and border policies of the Biden administration. In an interview with The New York Times, the Pennsylvania Democrat noted that many leftists would be happy to see him dead.
Fetterman recently told NBC News that he is not a progressive and that, “I just think I’m a Democrat that is very committed to choice and other things. But with Israel, I’m going to be on the right side of that.”
And while Fox News hosts have not spared Fetterman from criticism since he took office, the Democrat received high praise from Kilmeade and the morning crew.
“Two people have given me hope for this country,” Kilmeade began, citing Maher.
“He’s never going to vote for a Republican. I get it. But he loves the country. And the way he breaks down the support for Israel and the way he is concerned about the border. And the idea of what is happening in our cities. And the lack of crime and punishment — there is no punishment with crime. That bothers him,” Kilmeade said of the liberal “Real Time” host.
“And yet Democrats seem to be running from that, they never bring it up,” he added before naming Fetterman as the second person who gives him “hope,”
“It’s weird to see this transition because I find myself every single week retweeting something that Fetterman has said,” Lawrence Jones said. “He was somewhat of a progressive squad member but just doesn’t like what is happening at the border. He has been very supportive of Israel.”
He then referred to Fetterman’s interview with The New York Times in which he said members of both political parties are “rooting for another blood clot. They have both now been wishing that I die.”
“He was so progressive, he was a progressive,” guest-host Carly Shimkus chimed in.
“He changed!” exclaimed Jones.
“Pennsylvania’s a swing state, so maybe he’s listening to the whole state,” Shimkus suggested.
Fetterman told The Times, “I don’t feel like I’ve left the label; it’s just more that it’s left me.”
“I’m not critical if someone is a progressive,” the senator had added. “I believe different things.”
Jones suggested that the Democrat’s stint in the hospital for clinical depression earlier this year contributed to his evident change.
“I think he has left the progressive side. I’m so grateful that he has been able to recover, but something changed in the middle of his recovery. Him going to therapy and everything. When he re-emerged his comments seemed to have changed,” Jones noted, adding that he “would love to talk” with the lawmaker.
Shimkus noted that Fetterman is “certainly not conservative but definitely not as progressive as he once was,” and that “he listening to his constituents, which is what a lawmaker should do.”
Jones had another take.
“I also don’t think the guy likes being bullied. It seems like members of the party have continued to come after him, protest in front of him. Just for having moderate views,” the cohost said.
“There was once a period of time where Democrats as a whole stood with the nation of Israel. And that hasn’t changed. So they’re trying to bully his position. And I don’t think he takes too kindly,” he said.