Video: Fox News Panel Lights Up Hawaii Senator's Claim that Democrats Are Too Intellectual

Conservative pundits have blasted the suggestion of Democratic Party Senator Mazie Hirono that her party is too intellectual to connect with voters.

On Fox News chat show The Five Wednesday, Hirono’s comment was likened to the statement made by Hillary Clinton in 2016 which labeled some Trump supporters as “deplorables.” The Hawaii senator’s remarks were made Tuesday during a Washington, D.C. conference. 

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“One of the things that we Democrats have a really hard time is connecting to people's hearts instead of here [pointed to head],” Hirono said. “We're really good at shoving out all the information that touch people here [pointed to head] but not here [pointed to heart].

She added: “We have a really hard time doing that. One of the reasons was sold to me...was that we democrats know so much, that is true, and we have to tell everybody how smart we are and so we have a tendency to be very left-brained...and that is not how people make decisions.”

It is suggested that “left-brained” people are strong in logic, while “right-brained” people have more creative attributes. Fox News—and conservative media—reacted swiftly.

“I feel like it is just a variation on ‘the deplorables’ theme because we can’t possibly expect people in America to understand how intellectually superior the democrats are,” host Dana Perino stated, adding: “Donald Trump is able to actually connect with people emotionally and they are so frustrated because they can’t get the facts out, the facts, the facts, the facts.”

Perino added: “It will be fun to see this 2020 class of democrats.”

Host Greg Gutfeld said: “I don’t buy what she is saying. She is saying they use their brains too much, but it seems like they don’t understand due process, biology, the necessity of free markets or economics, patriotism or community. That seems like they are not thinking at all.”

And when asked, Jesse Watters spun the comments into a broad political offensive.

“The Democratic Party has always put emotions over facts,” he said. “Look at the Kavanaugh hearing...the facts were on his side and they wanted to believe this woman who had no facts.

“Look at the Parkland School shooting. Everybody was saying this was a failure of the FBI, state, the local, the police. And the democrats wanted you to hate in your heart the NRA.”

In September, Christine Blasey Ford made sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh as he was facing nomination to the Supreme Court. In an aggressive appearance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the judge said the claim was a political hit and “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.” In October, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate on a 50-48 vote.

Gutfeld, who opened The Five segment by slamming Sen. Hirono’s previous comments about men during the Kavanaugh hearings, also had his thoughts published in an op-ed. “I just want to say to the men of this country just shut up and step up,” Hirono said in September.

“I don't know about you—but I don't see that as connecting with anyone's brain,” Gutfeld reacted this week. He then added: “Unless you mean hitting somebody over the head with a mallet.”

Greg Gutfeld Host Greg Gutfeld said “I don’t buy what she is saying" in reaction to comments made by Democratic Party Senator Mazie Hirono on Tuesday that her party is too intellectual to connect with voters. Screenshot/The Five/YouTube

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