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Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade turns Trump on, defends Twitter suspension

Fox and friends Co-host Brian Kilmeade on Thursday morning chastised President Donald Trump for inciting an insurgent mob to storm the U.S. Capitol, calling his pal’s behavior “terrible” while saying Twitter was justified in suspending the account Of the president.

“Let’s be honest,” Kilmeade sighed in response to Wednesday’s MAGA riot, a violent attempt by Trump supporters to prevent Congress from certifying the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. “Since November 3, or when we got the verdict on November 5, the president’s behavior has been terrible.”

Although he had long been one of the president’s staunchest allies, Kilmeade went on to claim that Trump’s post-election behavior had “cost him two Senate seats” and led the GOP to lose the majority in the upper house. At the same time, the Fox host, who has broadly backed Trump’s electoral fraud conspiracies, sympathized with the president’s belief that the election was “stolen” from him.

“We can also say this about the President of the United States: he obviously believes with every fiber of his being that he won this election,” noted Kilmeade. “The problem is his legal team had no success in proving this, which is why Richard Nixon from the 1960s folded his tent, why Al Gore made a speech and said ‘even though I think I’ won, it is time for a peaceful transition of power. “

Stating that “the president didn’t do this,” Kilmeade said the president instead used his “Stop the Steal” speech on Wednesday to urge his supporters to march to Capitol Hill and “fight” for him.

“Now it’s true, his people don’t have a history of violence, absolutely true,” Kilmeade insisted. “Well, that record has beaten. And even if he’s been infiltrated by people who don’t like him, it doesn’t matter. When you send 50, 60, 70, 80,000 people to the Capitol, which is guarded by a handful of cops and 150 national guards, guess what? They will come in.

Kilmeade, who the night before suggested the mob was right to attack the Capitol because of the Russia investigation, condemned the actions of the rioters when they violated the Capitol, saying it was “the one of the worst things I have ever seen ”.

Adding that several of the president’s allies in Washington have now moved away from him, Kilmeade also pointed to Trump’s statement in which he ultimately committed to an “orderly transition” of power.

“I think when the president made these remarks he couldn’t even use his own Twitter account,” he said. “He must have used Dan Scavino’s because he was rightly suspended for the last 24 hours.”

Kilmeade concluded by trying to compare the protests against police brutality to a riotous riot, complaining that the left “suddenly condemns violence” and adopts “law and order”, although he acknowledged that comments by Biden calling Trump to “end this siege” was “perfect has been very strong since winning the election.

Co-host Steve Doocy doubled Kilmeade’s praise for Biden, saying he was “very presidential” on Wednesday. Doocy also said that instead of cutting a Twitter video – a video that was ultimately deleted for trafficking conspiracy theories and escalating chaos – Trump should have made a statement on live television to calm his supporters.

While Kilmeade criticized the president’s behavior and actions, Fox & Friends Weekend Host Pete Hegseth – a part-time Trump adviser – defended the MAGA crowd, saying shortly after that they were not “conspiracy theorists motivated by lies” but rather “Americans. born again ”who“ love freedom ”.

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