Greg Gutfeld and the panel on "The Five" reacted to a new PBS poll that showed 52 percent of Americans echoed President Trump's assertion that America should not become more politically correct.

36 percent disagreed.

Gutfeld said that political correctness is "positioned as a safety blanket spread over the culture," but that it instead "suffocat[es] free speech."

He said that people who are not politically correct in their daily discourse can be accused of "being an accessory" to things like racism, sexism and homophobia.

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"It eliminates the concept of forgiveness, which is how our civilization is built -- on people making mistakes," Gutfeld said.

He said that people should think twice before taking out the "pitchforks and torches" for people who say something off color or offensive.

Pete Hegseth added that President Trump has become a "huge shield" against political correctness, making it socially acceptable to riff on people like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who he calls "Pocahontas" over her claim of Native ancestry.

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