Bill O'Reilly's Top Protege Makes Pathetic Excuse After Outrage Builds Over Crude Ivanka Trump Oral Sex Joke

Jesse Watters has dedicated himself to maintaining Fox News’ environment of misogynist douchebaggery and general sexism after the firing of his boss and mentor, Bill O’Reilly. On Tuesday, Watters kept the frat party going by making a cheap and obvious oral sex joke involving Ivanka Trump and a microphone she was using while involved in a German panel discussion. Watters—who probably shouts “that’s what she said” dozens of times a day—also managed to throw in a hefty dose of hypocrisy by challenging progressives’ feminism in the same statement.

The whole thing took place during a segment on "The Five," the Fox show Watters appears on ever since his guru was fired for sexual harassment. The show aired a clip of Ivanka being rightly mocked for describing her father as a "tremendous champion of supporting families." Watters, perhaps fresh off a keg stand, wondered aloud whether “the left” really respects women, since the audience chose to “boo and hiss” Ivanka’s demonstrably untrue statement. Then, smirking, he added this nugget: “I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone.”

He even giggled afterwards.

Watters, whose racist and sexist jokes are hamfisted even by Fox News standards, has a long history of going above and beyond in the dumb-and-offensive realm. From a segment that featured him mocking Chinese immigrants with gong sounds, to a bit where he called University of Missouri students protesting racial and gender inequality “sissies,” Watters continues to be the poster boy for Fox News culture. That includes making the baffling assumption that no one else can hear the sexist dog whistles he makes, as evidenced by his tweeted defense of the incident.

“On air I was referring to Ivanka's voice and how it resonates like a smooth jazz radio DJ,” Watters wrote in a Twitter message Tuesday night. “This was in no way a joke about anything else.”

You can watch the segment in its entirety to see if that seems like a real excuse or the kind of thing that would be said by some idiot who's too dumb to know he's never outsmarted anyone, anywhere.

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From tumbledown bridges to decrepit roads and failing water systems, crumbling infrastructure undermines America’s safety and prosperity. In coming weeks, Union Matters will delve into this neglect and the urgent need for a rebuilding campaign that creates jobs, fuels economic growth and revitalizes communities. 

A rash of water main breaks in West Berkeley, Calif., and neighboring cities last month flooded streets and left at least 300 residents without water. Routine pressure adjustments in response to water demand likely caused more than a dozen pipes, some made of clay and more than 100 years old, to rupture.

West Berkeley’s brittle mains are not unique. Decades of neglect left aging pipes susceptible to breaks in communities across the U.S., wasting two trillion gallons of treated water each year as these systems near collapse.

Comprehensive upgrades to the nation’s crumbling water systems would stanch the flow and ensure all Americans have reliable access to clean water.

Nationwide, water main breaks increased 27 percent between 2012 and 2018, according to a Utah State University study.  

These breaks not only lead to service disruptions  but also flood out roads, topple trees and cause illness when drinking water becomes contaminated with bacteria.

The American Water Works Association estimated it will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years to upgrade and expand water infrastructure.

Some local water utilities raised their rates to pay for system improvements, but that just hurts poor consumers who can’t pay the higher bills.

And while Congress allocates money for loans that utilities can use to fix portions of their deteriorating systems, that’s merely a drop in the bucket—a fraction of what agencies need for lasting improvements.

America can no longer afford a piecemeal approach to a systemic nationwide crisis. A major, sustained federal commitment to fixing aging pipes and treatment plants would create millions of construction-related jobs while ensuring all Americans have safe, affordable drinking water.

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