Trump humiliation: Fox News cuts off briefing LIVE ON AIR over illegal voting allegation
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Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary, was leading a conference about the results of the election. President Donald Trump is projected to have lost the election to Joe Biden, with the Democrat securing 290 electoral college votes to Mr Trump’s 214 according to the Associated Press. The President has refused to concede the election to the former Vice President, and claimed without evidence the Democrats attempted to “steal” the election with mail-in ballots.
Ms McEnany was repeating Mr Trump’s claims that mail-in ballots and “illegal voting” made the election fraudulent.
She said: “There is only one party in America trying to keep observers out of the count room, that party my friends is the Democrat party.
“You don’t take these positions because you want an honest election. You don’t oppose an audit of the vote because you want an accurate count.
“You don’t oppose our effort at sunlight at transparency because you have nothing to hide.
“You take these positions because you are a welcoming fraud and you are welcoming illegal voting.”
Fox News was broadcasting the press conference, but host Neil Cavuto took the unprecedented step of cutting off the broadcast due to Ms McEnany’s claims.
As the press secretary was claiming the Democrats were welcoming fraud”, he cut in and said: “whoa, whoa, whoa, I just think we have to be very clear.
“She’s charging the other side is welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting, unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue showing this.
“I want to make sure that maybe they do have something back that up. That is an explosive charge to make at the other side is effectively rigging and cheating. If she does bring proof of that we will take you back.”
Fox News has supported Mr Trump’s administration throughout his presidency, with the President often choosing to grant interviews to the network due its ties to the campaign.
But the relationship between Mr Trump and Fox turned sour on election night when the network declared Arizona was won by Mr Biden and the Democrats.
Fox was the first network to call the results of the state, which led to the President reportedly calling owner Rupert Murdoch urging him to recall the result.
Mr Murdoch is said to have refused, according to a report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman.
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The Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal and New York Post have also called on the President to accept the results of the election.
Both outlets published editorials urging Mr Trump to drop the baseless “stolen election” narrative.
Laura Ingraham, Fox News anchor, has also called on the President to “accept an unfavourable outcome” and concede the election to Mr Biden.
The President has refused to do so, and tweeted yesterday: “Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be? We have all learned a lot in the last two weeks!”
Other US networks have called out Mr Trump’s claims about the election being “rigged”.
ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC all cut away from Mr Trump’s White House briefing on Thursday last week, challenging the President over his claims about the election.
ABC News anchor David Muir explained the decision, and said: “He knew exactly what he was doing, this large audience across the broadcast networks, in coming on in the middle of our newscasts tonight.
“We knew when we heard that – ‘if you count legal votes, I easily win, if you count illegal votes, they could try to steal the election’ – that it was time to pull out of that and fact-check it in real time.”
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