Fox Nation hosts Diamond and Silk attacked Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) for eating a bucket of KFC fried chicken during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday in an effort to mock no-show Attorney General William Barr.
While on set at “Fox & Friends” Friday, the duo called the congressman “racially insensitive,” even though Cohen and Barr are both white. The Trump-supporting sisters, who are African American, also strongly suggested that people would have found the whole thing a lot less funny had Cohen been a Republican.
“He’s racially insensitive is what I think and just can you image if that was a Republican doing that to a Democrat? Just think about that for a moment,” Diamond said as Silk nodded along. “I want you all to understand the attorney general is experiencing all of this slander because the Democrats are afraid. They’re getting caught up in the shenanigans.”
“Yes,” Silk added.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade didn’t follow up on the racial insensitivity angle, but seemed annoyed by the stunt all the same, calling it “unbelievably embarrassing.”
A rep for Fox News directed TheWrap to an earlier statement that the pair are not technically hosts or contributors to the network despite hosting a weekly show on the network’s streaming service, Fox Nation. “Diamond & Silk license short weekly videos to Fox Nation — they are not Fox News contributors or employees. When they appear on FNC and FBN, they do so as guests,” it read.
Cohen said that he intended to mock Attorney General Barr’s decision to not attend the judiciary committee hearing to take questions from House Democrats. “Chicken Barr should have shown up today and answered questions,” he later explained.
Barr already came in for a grilling over his handling of the Mueller Report in front of the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary committee, but balked at making a similar appearance before House Democrats — whose questions likely would have been considerably harsher.