Lt. Col. Ralph Peters’ blunt assessment on Monday was enough for Fox Business host Stuart Varney to ask him to apologize.
“Look, Mr. President! We’re not afraid, we’re angry! We’re pissed off, we’re furious! We want you to react! We want you to do something! You’re afraid!” Peters said, raising his voice when asked for his reactions during Obama’s primetime speech.
“This guy is such a total pussy, it’s stunning,” Peters continued.
Once he had finished, Varney said he knows Peters is “super angry” but chastised him for using the sexual slur.
“I can tell you are super angry, and I asked you for your reaction, but you can’t use language like that on the program,” he told the guest.
Peters then criticized the president for focusing on gun control in the wake of the shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California, saying while the Founding Fathers did not intend for “every drunk [sic] psycho to have a machine gun collection,” Obama shouldn’t prevent law-abiding citizens from owning guns.
“Law-abiding Americans owning guns is not the problem here, the problem is Islamist terrorism, and the the President will not even say Islamist terrorism,” he said.
Varney again cut in to scold Peters for his language.
“You used some very strong language there about the President of the United States. I’m the anchor of 'Varney & Co.' and I have to ask you to either apologize for that or take it back,” the host said.
Peters responded “I apologize” without missing a beat.
Watch the full exchange, via Media Matters: