Jesse Watters made a name for himself as the O’Reilly Factor Correspondent. As part of his job duties, he would not only go around to different venues questioning people, and revealing the idiocy of many Americans in his segment “Watter’s World,” he also often ambushed people, especially elected officials or other reporters, with questions that they did not want to answer.
Watters, who makes it clear that he is one of many on FOX News who are basically shills for the Trump campaign based on the cover photo of him and Trump on his Twitter profile, got a taste of his own ambush medicine on Saturday night at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner afterparty, and he response was not pretty.
Watters was attending an afterparty hosted by MSNBC and held at, of all places, the U.S. Institute of Peace. After he was confronted by Ryan Grim, the Washington Bureau Chief for the Huffington Post, the altercation that resulted was anything but peaceful.
Grim approached Watters and decided to give him a taste of his own medicine as payback for an ambush interview Watters did in 2009 that involved Grim’s colleague, Amanda Terkel. In an article she wrote about her experience with Watters for the leftist site Think Progress, Terkel said she was “followed, harassed, and ambushed by Bill O’Reilly’s producer.”
When Grim pulled out his phone to do an ambush interview with Watters, according to witnesses and confirmed by Grim to the Washington Examiner, things became violent with both men throwing punches. The violent scuffle was broken up by Sean Spicer, Republican National Committee spokesman.
The fight was captured in a picture and tweeted by Dave Weigel from the Washington Post.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) May 1, 2016
Later, Grim continued razzing Watters by saying, “I assume Jesse is retiring from the ambush business since he’s shown he doesn’t like it.” He also told the Washington Post, “Ambush guy can’t take getting ambushed. Maybe he should think about his life choices.”
There is no mention of this incident or his violent response to being ambushed by Watters on his Twitter feed. It is also not known if Trump will call this act by Jesse Watters “spirited” as he has described the violent response to protesters by his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.