On Tuesday afternoon, Fox News’ The Five co-hosts gave their take on the former conservative wunderkind Jonathan Krohn‘s coming out as no longer believing in conservatism. Greg Gutfeld chalked the conversion up to what he calls “Krohn’s Disease” (a play on the inflammatory bowel disease of the same name) while liberal co-host Bob Beckel told the more conservative hosts that “If you want him back, we’ll be happy to give him back to you.”
After playing a clip of a 13-year-old Krohn delivering his famous 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference speech, Gutfeld delivered a monologue:
Who didn’t see Krohn coming? He existed to validate the assumptions of the left. A right winger who finally opens his eyes, thus gaining strange new respect from the media. But that’s not real life. Normally you start out idealistic and then you stumble to wisdom — it’s why Occupy Wall Streeters are young, but the Tea Partiers aren’t. That’s why Krohn was so odd. I call it “Krohn’s Disease.” Justice John Roberts might have a case. So once you got past Krohn’s novelty a parent rewarded with attention, you see that he’s still kind of doing it now. He’s entering his adolescent rebellion age which, along with Jack Kerouac and acne, generally brings an idealistic leftism. it’s normal. It’s not his fault; it’s the right’s for being taking in by a ventriloquist dummy. And really it’s been around forever: the precocious child impressing adults through mimicry. You know, the sort of thing you grew out of. The lesson here is that children should be seen and not heard.
Co-host Eric Bolling added that “I bit hook, line and sinker … I listen to his conversation about the Founding Fathers for half an hour and I’m like ‘Wow, this kid is really smart.’ We all did. We were suckered by him.”
Dana Perino added that perhaps Krohn “did it for the girls.” Gutfeld agreed, adding that “puberty trumps politics.” Kimberly Guilfoyle posited that conservatism is uncool and so Krohn “wants to be liked by his peers and fell in the mainstream media and the dating world.”
Gutfeld then asked Beckel for his thoughts, saying that “it’s not healthy for a kid either way, whatever political ideology, to get into that. You end being a prop.”
“If you want him back,” Beckel responded, “we’ll be happy to give him back to you.” And then he agreed with the other hosts’ idea that Krohn realized conservatism is “uncool” at his age, and so he made the conversion.
Eventually the conversation devolved into Bolling realizing that Krohn’s nasaly voice sounds like 1990s sitcom character Steve Urkel, and Beckel insisting that young boys “out to read Penthouse and Playboy at 13, not philosophy.”
Watch the segment below, via Fox News: