Fox News Contributor Slams Critics Making Fun of His Vest
Fox News Contributor Slams Critics Making Fun of His Vest Preparing to go live Thursday, just steps from the US-Mexico border, Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones released a seemingly innocuous tweet announcing his upcoming news report — only to be met with a massive establishment media dogpile. It was the presence of a government-issue, plate-carrier bullet proof vest on Jones’ person which brought on an immediate, vitriolic response from numerous media personalities — and even a few policymakers. Critics took to Twitter all day Thursday, tweeting directly at Jones to poke fun and accuse him, and the Fox News producers, of attempting to drum up fear of Mexican immigrants in the viewing audience. Jones hit back hard Thursday evening in an appearance on Hannity, however, explaining to his growing number of critics that the vest had not been his choice, but a request from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer with whom he was doing his ride along in Laredo, Texas. “The Border Patrol agents standing here to keep us safe told me to put it on to keep us safe here,” Jones told Sean Hannity, “They didn’t just tell me there was a crisis here at the border, they actually showed me.” “What people don’t understand is that we control this side of the border, but the cartel controls the other side of the border. There’s been gunfights.” “I’m going in danger with these Border Patrol agents to report on this story. The public doesn’t know that over the last two and a half years, there has been an uptick, over 200 percent, of violence against these agents,” Jones said.