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Fox News’ Juan Williams Falsely Claimed Republicans Lied About Cities Burning From BLM Riots

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Juan Williams of Fox News claimed Wednesday that cities did not burn over the summer of rioting, but this is simply not true.


Fox News political analyst Juan Williams, co-host of “The Five,” said Wednesday it is a lie “that cities burned last summer.”

“I wish there were people on the right who were willing to say we’ve got a problem with our extreme right, the people who were saying all those awful things before the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol,” Williams said. “The people who want to put out lies like, ‘Oh yeah, the cities burned last summer.’ I think it’s important that people who are honest in American politics be able to hold honest discussions without allowing the extremists to set the agenda.”

Fox News co-host Katie Pavlich pushed back on Williams’ comments on the Capitol breach, noting, “I think it’s clear a number of Republicans across the board came out against what happened on Jan. 6 while it was happening.”

Brian Kilmeade called out Williams for his erroneous statement. “By the way, Juan, the cities did burn, if you count Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, and Portland, but besides that, I think it was a pretty good summer,” Kilmeade said.

“That’s not true,” Williams responded.

Indeed, cities did burn last summer in response to the rioting and looting by radical left-wing groups. In Portland, where rioters set fire to a federal courthouse, there was an estimated $2.3 million in damage. The riot damage from May 26 to June 20 in 20 states across the nation amounted to the most expensive manmade damage in history at $1 to $2 billion.