Fox News host Kilmeade says Trump’s Arizona claim is a ‘straightforward lie’

  • Fox News host Brian Kilmeade has dismissed Trump’s voter fraud allegation in Arizona.
  • He described Trump’s claim that he won the Swing State as an “outright lie”.
  • Some Republicans worry that fixing Trump’s voter fraud will cost them in the medium term.

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade said on air that Donald Trump’s claim that he won Arizona in the 2020 presidential election was an “outright lie” and that the former president was wasting his supporters’ time with bogus allegations of voter fraud.

Kilmeade on his Fox Nation radio show Monday got a call from a Trump voter concerned about the former president’s fixation on his baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him as a result of a vast plot by his political enemies.

The voter, called Logan, said he feared Trump’s obsession with the conspiracy theory could cost Republicans midterm in November – and Kilmeade agreed.

“There’s so much to say that matters to you and me, Logan, right now about what’s going on in Ukraine, how China just forgets about phase one, how they’re starting to militarize everything around them, about to take Taiwan back,” Kilmeade said.

“That’s what people want to talk about. It’s not difficult.”

The host responded to Trump’s claim that he was the real winner in the swing state of Arizona – a claim that was further discredited last year when a GOP-backed audit found that Joe Biden’s victory in Maricopa County had actually been larger than the initial vote tally. .

Earlier audits commissioned by Republican state lawmakers had also found no evidence to support the allegation.


Trump speaking at a rally in Florence, Arizona on January 15, 2022.

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

“Nobody cares about 2020. Nobody. And everything he said and the challenges he gave should have been done before the election. And they did a recount in Arizona, and the recount almost didn’t showed no difference, and he came out and said it showed they won Arizona,” Kilmeade said.

It’s an outright lie, and please stop wasting our time with it, because he’s capable of so much more.”

Fox News hosts have long been among the former president’s closest media allies and, during his presidency, would rarely push back against his claims.

But the network is currently embroiled in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit with election machine companies after hosting Trump allies in 2020 who falsely claimed the machines were used in a plot to rig the election. Some hosts are now pushing back against election fraud allegations.

During Trump’s tenure, Kilmeade frequently participated in softball talks with the president as the host of Fox & Friends, Trump’s favorite breakfast show. But in recent weeks he has criticized Trump’s voter fraud allegations and said Republicans must learn to lose.

Kilmeade’s comments echo concerns from some Republicans that the former president is undermining their chances of future electoral success with his fixation on losing the 2020 election.

They believe that Trump’s claims that the voting system is fixed could deter supporters from voting and that Trump is ignoring fundamental issues that are more important in the minds of voters.


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