Two weeks ago during the anti-Trump protests in Manhattan, I ran into Jesse Watters from the O’Reilly Factor (Fox News Channel). The Black Lives Matter crowd and #NeverTrump protesters didn’t have nice things to say to Watters as he stood there holding his FOX NEWS microphone. Very shady characters were all around us — many of them incapable of speaking English — like myself, Watters doesn’t appear to flinch in those situations. Watters is a big guy, stands at about 6’1 ,maybe 6’2.
At the time, I was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, but Watters was wearing his black tuxedo. Watters was capturing man on the street video clips before attending the GOP party where Trump was set to speak — that’s why he was dressed so fancy.
I saw him again last night while in the men’s bathroom at the Correspondents’ Dinner. Again he was wearing the same black tuxedo. And later in the evening he would again be standing amid unfriendly fire — only this time it was merely one guy who didn’t think much of him.
Jesse Watters and Huffington Post Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim got into a physical altercation at MSNBC’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner after-party Saturday night.
“Punches were definitely thrown,” a witness told The Washington Post.
Grim and Watters don’t have a personal relationship but the ill feelings stem back to 2009, when Amanda Terkel wrote a column about getting “harassed” and “ambushed” by Watters, according to the Post.
Terkel is now a HuffPost colleague of Grim’s, who reportedly took out his camera phone and attempted to record Watters at the MSNBC party. Watters didn’t find it funny and reportedly grabbed Grim’s phone. When Grim tried to get it back from Watters, the fight began.
Republican National Committee executive director Sean Spicer helped break things up, according to the Post. Ironically, the altercation took place at the U.S. Institute of Peace building.
A Fox News spokesperson said Watters would address the issue Monday on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Grim offered the following to the Post: “Ambush guys can’t take getting ambushed. Maybe he should think about his life choices.”
Post political reporter Dave Weigel captured the picture shown above.
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