President Donald Trump and his allies are scrambling to find an effective attack message against Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), whom Democratic nominee Joe Biden officially introduced as his running mate at a joint event on Wednesday.
Co-hosts on Fox News' The Five criticized what was largely seen as a strong event, but an offhand comment by Fox's Judge Jeanine Pirro made things awkward.
The panel was discussing some Americans' beliefs that Biden, if elected, wouldn't serve a full term.
That's when Pirro took it a step further and said that Biden wouldn't even be on the ticket, citing an insidious feeling.
"The first thought that I have, Jesse, for some reason, I just have this feeling that Joe Biden isn't going to be on the ticket. I have a sense that something's gonna happen before the election and he's not even gonna be on the ticket, so don't even ask me if he's gonna make the four years."
Pirro segued into a diatribe about Harris, but cohost Jesse Watters walked back her earlier comments.
"We certainly don't hope that anything happens to Vice President Joe Biden anytime soon."
Fox anchor Bret Baier said the same:
"First of all, let me just say that I respect Judge Jeanine's opinion and her fiery passion about things. Last night was the last Democratic primary. Connecticut where 60 delegates went to Joe Biden, so he is going to be the nominee and next week we're going to see the official nomination. You're saying he doesn't make it all the way. Bumper stickers are already printed. It's Biden/Harris and he's gonna be the nominee as of next week."
Soon, Pirro was walking back her own comments.
"I wish him all good health. That's not what I'm talking about. He's got the numbers, but things are so crazy right now. I don't know what's happening in the Democrat party, and that's all I'm saying. I mean, I hope he lives forever. That's not my point. And I know he's got the numbers."
Some felt that Pirro was subtly encouraging violence against the Democratic candidate.
Others wanted to alert the Secret Service.