Fox News host Harris Faulkner discussed Thursday a highly publicized on-air moment from the day before with former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, in which Gingrich was shut down for trying to make claims that George Soros is behind the ongoing civil unrest in the United States.
"Progressive district attorneys are anti-police, pro-criminal, and overwhelmingly elected with George Soros's money,” Gingrich said Wednesday. “And they're a major cause of the violence we're seeing because they keep putting the violent criminals back on the street.”
"I'm not sure we need to bring George Soros into this," said co-host Melissa Francis.
"I was going to say you get the last word, Speaker," Faulker said.
"He paid for it. I mean, why can't we discuss the fact that millions of dollars..." Gingrich said before co-host Marie Harf injected.
"No, he didn't. I agree with Melissa. George Soros doesn't need to be a part of this conversation," Harf said. "OK. So it's verboten," Gingrich replied.
Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist who has long been a target of conspiracy theories, has recently been falsely accused of orchestrating and funding the protests over police killings of Black people that have roiled the United States. Amplified by a growing number of people on the far right, including some Republican leaders, online posts about Soros have skyrocketed since June.
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They have been accompanied by online ads bought by conservative groups that call on authorities to “investigate George Soros for funding domestic terrorism and his decades-long corruption.”
Soros, 89, has donated billions of dollars of his personal wealth to liberal and anti-authoritarian causes around the world, making him a favored target among many on the right. The Hungarian-American, who is Jewish, has also been the subject of anti-Semitic attacks and conspiracy theories for decades.
Faulkner addressed the exchange, which quickly went viral, on "Outnumbered" the next day. “So, we had a little incident on the show yesterday that was not smooth. And while I was leading that segment, we had interruptions, and I sat silently while all of that played out. Also not ideal.”
"Do we debate with fire here? Yes," Faulkner continued. "But we must also give each other the space to express ourselves. As the only original member of the six-year-old amazing daytime ride known as 'Outnumbered,' I especially want to rock 'n' roll with every voice and perspective at the table.
"We don't censor on this show," she said. "And that's why we are winning weekdays at noon."