Fox News' Meghan McCain called out what she saw as hypocrisy from MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski for their criticism of President Donald Trump. She pointed out their own misogynistic attacks on the women on "Outnumbered," the Fox News show.
"So it's really easy to forget that these same hosts came after my show and came after me and my co-hosts not only for the way we look," she said, "but what we wear on television, which is the very definition of misogyny and sexism."
"Fine," Juan Williams said.
"Just let me finish," she interrupted. "Something I found deeply offensive - all the women that come on Fox News, especially on Outnumbered are very capable, strong, intelligent women, it's why Fox puts us on television."
"But Mika Brzezinski said that we were just legs, and dressed in short skirts, I believe was the exact quote," she said.
"That is the definition of misogyny," she added. "Did that get any media attention?"
Williams objected to the comparison, saying that criticism from Brzezinski and Scarborough didn't have the same import as that from the president of the United States.
"There is deep hypocrisy going on when you can say these things about conservative women on television," she responded, "and again, I don't condone what the president tweeted, because a general rule [is that] men shouldn't talk about women's cosmetic surgery, just as a blanket overall statement."
"That being said, the idea that they are somehow the martyrs of the media," she continued, "is absolute hypocrisy. They're using this and using these tweets to go after President Trump, and using it to weaponize these things against him, and I think at a certain point the media needs to stop acting so hysterical over tweets."
The president occasioned a firestorm of criticism when he responded on his Twitter account to criticism from the "Morning Joe" hosts with an attack on Brzezinski's appearance. The couple, who are due to be married, responded with a scathing rebuke in the Washington Post. Trump then assailed them again on his Twitter account, perpetuating the media outrage.