He totally meant her voice

Poor Fox. They just can’t get it right.

Jesse Watters, the Fox News host who took heat this week for making a joke about Ivanka Trump that was criticized as lewd, said on Wednesday that he would be taking a family vacation until Monday. The move came just three days after his show began airing in a new high-profile time slot.

Mr. Watters, who denied that his comment about President Trump’s daughter was sexual, announced his upcoming absence near the end of Wednesday night’s edition of “The Five.” He will miss two days of the show’s first week in prime time after it took over the 9 p.m. slot from “The O’Reilly Factor,” and he will miss his “Watters’ World” show on Saturday.

So he messed up on his second day. That’s gotta hurt.

Mr. Watters’s highly scrutinized joke came during Tuesday’s show as the hosts discussed footage of Ms. Trump being jeered onstage in Berlin while she was speaking on a panel about female entrepreneurship.

“It’s funny, the left says they really respect women, and then when given an opportunity to respect a woman like that, they boo and hiss,” he said.

Oh yeah, the zany left doesn’t admire Sarah Palin, either. That’s because respecting women as a class is about thinking women are people; it’s not about thinking all women are perfect. I think that’s a pretty clear distinction.

Then he added with a grin: “So I don’t really get what’s going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone.”

On Wednesday, after the clip had been shared widely on social media, Mr. Watters said in a statement that the comment had not been sexual innuendo, as critics perceived it to be.

Because Fox just isn’t like that, right?

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