Almost 24 hours after the Fox News ruling office ruled that former Vice President Joe Biden won Arizona – a key battlefield state in the 2020 presidential election – it’s unclear how many of their own colleagues in the network are willing to accept these results.
On Tuesday, Fox News projected Biden won Grand Canyon State, shutting down a major avenue for President Donald Trump to achieve the 270 votes needed by the Electoral College to secure his re-election.
But throughout the day on Wednesday, some of the pro-Trump figures in the network seemed oblivious or unwilling to accept the analysis from their colleagues in Arizona, which was later corroborated by the Associated Press.
During the broadcast of the opinion panel on Wednesday afternoon The five, pro-Trump hosts Greg Gutfeld and Jesse Watters have openly questioned their own network to screen Arizona for Biden. Amid repeated complaints from the Trump campaign about Fox’s early call on Tuesday night for the ex-veep, Watters attempted to chart a Trump path to 270 that somehow included Arizona – despite his colleagues’ decision. that the state would go to Biden.
“But to me it boils down to three states,” Watters said. “The constellation is Nevada, Arizona and Pennsylvania. Donald Trump must win Pennsylvania and Nevada or Pennsylvania and Arizona. Right now in Arizona, the Trump campaign thinks that if they keep the countdown they’ll be ahead by Friday.
Gutfeld, meanwhile, has taken a seemingly more subtle line of criticizing Fox News’ decision-making office. “It’s not about networks. this is an election, ”he said. “So this race to be the first and get the top marks is great, but at what cost?”
The next hour, on the Fox News election special, hard news anchor Martha MacCallum – who had just sat on The five panel – repeatedly toasted Fox News decision-making bureau director Arnon Mishkin over the timing of his screening, resulting in another terse exchange in which the analyst was forced to defend his team’s work at the ‘antenna. Their conversation came right after Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh scolded MacCallum and Baier about their colleagues’ screening in Arizona.
“What do you justify calling him when he’s at 1% so early at night?” MacCallum supported.
“Where does the number ‘one percent’ come from?” Mishkin retaliated. “It was done at 11:20 am, there had been a huge dump of votes. There were about 80% of the votes that were at the time of the call. MacCallum co-host Bret Baier ultimately corrected the record, noting that his claim that the appeal was made with only one percent of the votes received was false, stating that the ruling office had indeed done so. the projection with 76 percent of the votes counted. .
Earlier Wednesday, several Fox News stars appeared to echo the Trump campaign line that the network’s call in Arizona was premature, wrong, or worth ignoring.
Pro-Trump contributor Katie Pavlich said Bill Hemmer Reports that the Trump campaign told him they believed the president still had enough voice in Maricopa County to defeat Biden, prompting Hemmer to ask network analyst Chris Stirewalt if Fox could ultimately cancel his appeal .
“I think a big part of it is trying to prevent a narrative,” Stirewalt said, stressing that Trump would have to massively outperform his current pace in order to catch up with Biden’s likely final tally. “Because with Arizona off the table for them, with Wisconsin off the table for them, the road is very narrow.”
White House chief correspondent John Roberts also appeared to reject the network’s own decision when he reacted to Michigan’s allegedly fallen to Biden by including Arizona in a list of potential states that Trump could still pick up. “Michigan goes to Biden”, he tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “Right now @realDonaldTrump only leads to winning, it’s winning AZ, GA, NC and PA.”
The Fox News stars also publicly undermined the network’s appeal in Arizona throughout Wednesday – even as the ruling office has repeatedly said it won’t be pulling its predictions – was a simple continuation of the way including several Fox personalities questioned the on-air appeal Tuesday night.
Primetime host Tucker Carlson, for example, hinted that he did not trust the call, noting that he was “unaware of the calculations” and that “people are worried.” At the same time, former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, now a Fox contributor, suggested it was a “premature call” and that “some people think it could have been a bit early. “.
After the appeal itself went live on Tuesday night, Baier asked Mishkin if he was’ 100% sure ‘of the decision, prompting the head of the ruling bureau to respond:’ Yes . We made the right call and that’s why we made the right call when we did. I am sorry!”
Fox’s own personalities criticizing Arizona’s call echoed concerns from the Trump campaign, which allegedly raged Tuesday night over the decision and, according to The New York Times, prompted councilor and son-in-law Jared Kushner to call Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch late at night.
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