Juan Williams ruffled some feathers among his colleagues on Tuesday night because of how he referred to Mitt Romey’s wife, Ann, saying she is “like a corporate wife” who hasn’t faced any struggles at all, in her life.
Talking on a panel, after the Republican National Convention’s speakers had all given their speeches for the night, the Fox News contributor said,
“Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, on the other hand looked to me like a corporate wife. And you know the stories she told about struggle, eh, it’s hard for me to believe. She’s a very rich woman and I know that and America knows that.
Seemingly taken aback, Fox News host, Bret Baier, said, “Wow, OK!”
Fox News hosts, Megyn Kelly, asked Williams for clarification saying, “What does that mean, corporate wife?”
Williams stuck to his statement about the aspiring FLOTUS saying,
“What does it mean. It looks like a woman whose husband takes care of her and she’s been very lucky and blessed in this life. She’s not speaking, I think, for the tremendous number of single women in this country, or married women or separated — actually she did not convince me that you know what, ‘I understand the struggles of American women in general.’”
“Is that the same speech you heard, Brit?” Baier inquired of Fox News commentator, Brit Hume.
“Uh no. I think that was the single most effective political speech I’ve ever heard given by a political wife,” Hume said.
When the panel came back, Williams was missing and Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal columnist and former presidential speechwriter , had taken his place.
Unable to ignore the elephant in the room, Baier clarified why Williams was no longer on the panel saying,
“I want to point out that we did not kick Juan off the panel because of the corporate wife comment; we wanted to get a speechwriter’s perspective.
Kelly jumped in by jokingly adding, .
“Although we considered it!”
As the show came to an end, Kelly, revisited Williams remark saying,
“My final thought is, [Ann Romney] may have improved Mitt Romney’s standing with women. You know whose standing did not improve with women tonight?…Juan Williams”
The two laughed and Baier assured everyone, still referring to Williams,
“He’ll be back tomorrow!
Just to make sure everyone understood there were no hard feelings, Kelly added,
“We love Juan.”