The conservative Fox News network remains in mourning after an arsonist set the 50 foot Christmas tree outside of its headquarters ablaze. There's no indication at this time that the man's motives were political, and he was arrested shortly after the incident, in which there were no injuries.
Fox hosts have delivered nearly 'round the clock coverage of the crime, painting the picture of an attack on the network that they assured would be met with resilience. Hosts have said the tree symbolizes everything from "freedom" to "Jesus" to "Hanukkah," with one even calling it "America's tree."
On Thursday night, Fox held a relighting ceremony featuring first responders and words from Fox News contributor Rev. Jacques DeGraff, who delivered potentially the most bizarre exaltation of the tree yet.
DeGraff told spectators:
“Somebody asked me why are you here. I’m here because these colors do not run! Eighty years ago this week, they tried to extinguish the darkness in a place called Pearl Harbor. We didn’t fold then, and we will not fold now because we have come this far by faith!”
Pearl Harbor became immortalized in history in 1941, when Japanese pilots launched an assault on the Hawaii naval base, killing more than two thousand people and thrusting the United States into World War II. The President at the time—Franklin Delano Roosevelt—rightly said it was "a date which will live in infamy."
Social media users didn't think DeGraff's characterization was comparable.
Some used the moment to highlight Fox's repeated downplaying of the deadly January 6 insurrection, when a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the United States Capitol.
Not a good look.