Fox News host Jesse Watters defends Native American ‘battlefield’ comments: ‘Not all fights are fair’

Fox News host Jesse Watters gestures with a pen in his right hand.
Fox News host Jesse Watters.

  • In an exclusive interview with Insider, Jesse Watters defended a recent controversial remark.
  • The Fox News host previously said “we won this nation on the battlefield” from the British and Native Americans.
  • Watters told Insider “the history of the world is a clash of civilizations.”
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Fox News host Jesse Watters doubled down on his controversial Native American comments in an exclusive interview with Insider.

The co-host of “The Five” and host of his own weekend show “Watters World” drew backlash from descendants of indigenous people and activists for saying the US “won this land on the battlefield” on July 7.

Watters – whose new book hit number one on both Amazon and The New York Times best seller list – was also referring to the British and the Revolutionary War in his initial comments, in addition to the acquisition of future states from Spain.

“This land wasn’t stolen,” Watters said at the time. “We won this land on the battlefield.”

In an interview with Insider alongside co-host Dana Perino, Watters defended the remark.

“Not all fights are fair,” he said. “That’s tough.”

When asked if this was something he really believed or if he was using hyperbole for entertainment purposes, Watters said “The Five” is a TV show with a minimal amount of time to make a point, not a history class.

“It’s not an hour-long history discussion on the US-Indian wars,” Watters said. “If it was a long discussion on that, perhaps, you know, there’s more nuance if you have the time. I have about a minute and 30 seconds to make a point.”

Watters also invoked the “clash of civilizations” concept, a post-Cold War school of thought in foreign policy that has gained traction since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. US military officials and diplomats – save for some in the Trump administration such as former National Security Adviser John Bolton – have been reluctant to embrace it because of potential associations with white supremacist ideologies.

“It wasn’t even the main point, but the history of the world is a clash of civilizations,” Watters said. “That was the history of this continent. Even the South American continent, the Europeans came, settlers clashed with the indigenous people. It was not a fair fight for a host of reasons, as we all know. And, you know, that’s history.”

At another point in the interview, Watters said American students should learn about slavery and other injustices “because without that, we don’t, we don’t have any understanding of where we came from. “

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Fox News host says Native American land ‘wasn’t stolen’: ‘We won this land on the battlefield’

Fox News host Jesse Watters gestures with a pen in his right hand.
Fox News host Jesse Watters.

  • Fox News host Jesse Watters made two separate comments Tuesday about American land being “stolen.”
  • Watters was weighing in on comments made by Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo.
  • Even when asked about Native Americans, Watters insisted the US “won this land on the battlefield.”
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Fox News host Jesse Watters went on-air Tuesday to say American land was never “stolen,” just “won on the battlefield” and “bought.”

“This land wasn’t stolen,” Watters said. “We won this land on the battlefield.”

“And we bought it, right? We purchased Spain – I mean we purchased Florida from Spain.”

Guest host Geraldo Rivera then asked Watters about Native Americans, who lost an estimated 90% of their pre-1492 population over decades of violence and viruses they had no immunity from as Europeans continued arriving.

“Well what about them, Geraldo? We won that territory on the battlefield,” Watters said. “It was an ugly, brutal battle, but we won it. We’re not just gonna give everything back to the indigenous people of this country.”

Watters’ initial comments, made on “The Five,” were in response to Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., who received backlash from conservatives and several Republican lawmakers over a tweet she published over July Fourth weekend.

The co-host of “The Five” later doubled down on his comments during an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the network’s most viewed show.

“Well first, we did not steal this land,” Watters said. “We won this land on the battlefield, and the rest we purchased from the Europeans. So I don’t know what Congresswoman Bush wants us to do. Are we supposed to give the Dakotas back to Crazy Horse’s family? Are we supposed to give California back to Mexico? … Then she says Blacks aren’t free in this country. Blacks are free, except for the Democrat Party.”

Bush did not respond directly to the comments from Watters or the GOP lawmakers who took issue with her Fourth of July tweet, but she did follow up with a dig at Republicans over trying to pass laws banning the teaching of critical race theory.

“It’s not a coincidence that the people who are saying Black people have full freedom in our country are the same ones trying to prevent teaching the truth about white supremacy in our classrooms,” Bush tweeted.

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