Fox contributor wears undersized protective vest while at U.S.-Mexican border
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— Lawrence Jones III (@LawrenceBJones3) April 4, 2019
- Jones tweeted a photo of himself in the vest and also appeared on air with the vest April 3, 2019 during “Hannity.”
- The Internet was quick to make note of how small the vest was — and questioning if he was wearing it to imply the area is dangerous.
- That notion, meanwhile, caught traction with journalists who have reported from the border — who noted they’ve never worn a protective vest during assignments near the border. One even went as far to say she’s only worn “a coat of fabulous hairspray.”
Dude. Why are you wearing a bulletproof vest. YOU ARE NOT IN A WAR ZONE. Here I am reporting from the border recently WITHOUT a bulletproof vest, but WITH a coat of fabulous hairspray! pic.twitter.com/ftmBzjTBVT
— Lisa Guerrero ?? (@4lisaguerrero) April 4, 2019
- Jones, for his part, defended wearing the vest on air — saying that U.S. Border Patrol provided and instructed him to wear it, though that agency did not respond to the Washington Post’s request for comment on the matter.
- Webb County, where Jones was reporting from, is safer than 80 percent of comparable counties, according to FBI crime data.
- Others also noted that Jones’ vest was rather small and may not have provided much protection in the event of any real danger — and that Jones was not wearing protective headwear either.
- Jones appeared on the April 4 “Hannity” — but notably was wearing a different — and bigger — vest this time around.
.@LawrenceBJones3 on viral bulletproof vest pic: CBP "told me to put it on to keep us safe here. Just two months ago, there was a shooting. … We control this side of the border, but the cartel controls the other side of the border. There's been gun fights." pic.twitter.com/71BeGMCBZd
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 5, 2019