Sparks Fly When Watters, Tarlov Duke It Out Over Closing Of Silicon Valley Bank


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Fox News co-hosts Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters battled it out over who was responsible for the failure of Silicon Valley Bank during a fiery show segment on Tuesday.

The liberal Tarlov rejected claims that the bank failed because it had gone “woke” by adopting the ESG investing strategy: Environmental, Social, and Governance investing, which is all based on left-wing social and political ideologies.

Tarlov noted that one of SVB’s top venture capitalists was Peter Thiel, a right-leaning figure who poured tens of millions of dollars into Trump-backed campaigns during the 2022 midterms. The co-hosts rejected that line of thinking, telling Tarlov that just because one financier of the bank was conservative does not mean the bank didn’t lean Left politically on issues it supported and donated to.


“And Dana said it happened so quickly. Banking, a bank run is a tale as old as time, right? But being able to do a bank run off your phone is what is new, that a few people can get on Twitter, start tweeting out, ‘get out, get out, get out,’ and suddenly $42 billion needs to leave your coffers within 24 hours,” Tarlov said.

“I mean, that’s an impossibility and something that we have to deal with,” Tarlov went on. “I want to say something about what the Post said, ‘You know, if it was at a MAGA bank?’ It basically was! Peter Thiel was one of the top five biggest VCs there. Huge backer of Donald Trump, 2016 2020. In 2022, he resigned from the Board of META. He was one of the original board members, so that he could back J.D. Vance, to join a Trump-aligned PAC for J.D. Vance and Blake Masters.

“This embarrassing thing, whatever Jesse was talking about, all the wokeness, if you look at who’s running that bank, it’s a bunch of white guys and three women. And the jobs that those three women have, by the way, are roles that traditionally women have H.R. the CMO, and then the chief risk officer, who obviously was not doing a great job there,” Tarlov argued.

“So you are saying we needed more white guys?” jested Jesse Watters.

“No, I’m really not saying that at all. That’s what I hear in terms of ESG investing. So I was looking around for Republicans who believe in it, someone like Steve Schwarzman, who runs Blackstone. It’s a huge pillar of their business. I’ve never encountered someone who works in finance, who cares more about having Black faces or Trans people at the table more than they care about money,” Tarlov added.

“Well, whoever is ever running it is an idiot. They just got wiped out,” Watters shot back.



Last month, an exasperated Watters said he was tired of “empty words” and wants Democrats and their operatives held accountable for years of spreading lies and carrying out controversial actions.

During an episode of “The Five,” the panel discussed a recent House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government hearing in which Republicans want to prove that conservatives have been targeted.

The host said, “You wanna know why? Because everybody already knows that! Everybody already knows all of this stuff! So, what is the endgame here?”

“We get screwed, then we have a hearing,” he said. “Nothing happens. We get screwed again. We have a hearing. Nothing happens.”


To date, no smoking gun evidence has been presented to prove that President Biden knew of or benefitted from his son’s business dealings.

He then spoke about FBI Director Christopher Wray, who was picked by former President Donald Trump after he fired former FBI Director James Comey, and how, if elected in 2024, Trump would have a tough time replacing Wray.

“Trump gets elected,” the host said. “What’s he gonna, go in there and fire Chris Wray? Last time anybody did that, he got impeached for it, and he got a special counsel down his throat.”

For reference, neither of the former president’s impeachments was for firing Comey.


“So, we have an FBI dictatorship here. You either fire him and die or you can’t touch him and you still die,” the host said.

“I’m sick of these hearings,” he said. “Make me feel better, guys. Tell me this is going somewhere. Can I throw someone in prison? Can someone go to jail? Can someone get fined?”

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