Here’s an incredible exchange that took place on Fox’s The Five between Fox News contributor Bob Beckel and Fox ambush specialist Jesse Watters.
Watters takes exception to the characterization of what happened to the Native American people of this continent as “extermination.”
Revel in the stoopid of Mr. Watters, if you will.
BECKEL: That’s right, this is way out of their area of expertise, but I will say this again, the English, the Europeans came over and threw the Indians off their land, exterminated them, threw them into reservations…
WATTERS: Exterminated!! (crosstalk) So let me get this straight Bob. America’s Founding Fathers, they came over here, colonized America and made it the great land that we are today. You’re saying they exterminated a whole race of people?
BECKEL: I see you must have been educated in Chicago…
WATTERS: You don’t really believe that, do you?
BECKEL: … because the Founding Fathers came here a hundred years after the Pilgrims came here.
WATTERS: The colonists, Bob and all the principles that came over on the Mayflower… freedom…
BECKEL: What do you think they did with the Indians? What do you think they did with them?
WATTERS: What do you think they did with who?
BECKEL: Those Indians that occupied that land.
WATTERS: They ate corn and they had Thanksgiving.
BECKEL: Oh, I see. They all did that. I guess they had turkey, a little stuffing…
WATTERS: And they dressed (inaudible) and they wrapped themselves around blankets. Yeah. And they sang kumbaya.
I think that for anyone with an education beyond the third grade it is pretty well established fact that the European immigrants who came over in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries made a pretty good job of intentionally exterminating as many Native Americans as possible.
Followed up of course by the United States Cavalry and their largely successful attempt at finishing the job off during the 19th century.
As the title of the post says — “It is known.”
The Massacre at Wounded Knee — December 29th, 1890.
The Oglala Lakota Sioux were attempting to turn in their rifles to the U.S. Army after willingly agreeing to disarm when the army opened fire on them, killing 300 men, women and children.