On Thursday, Fox News anchor Bret Baier praised Republican election officials and members of Donald Trump’s administration who stood up to his bogus efforts to nullify the 2020 election by calling them “patriots.” (Watch the video below.)
In a comment during the House’s final hearing on the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol Riot, Baier challenged the select committee’s “premise” that the country was on the verge of losing democracy, citing the efforts of those officials, including the heads of Trump’s department. Justice.
“If anything, this testimony shows … all of the state officials, those DOJ officials, who were working for President Trump again, stood up and said, ‘We’ve sworn an oath to the Constitution,'” Bayer said.
“Even if the president wanted to keep trying to overturn the election, there were patriots along the way who said we couldn’t do that, and so I’m not sure that premise sells with all the witnesses they present,” he added.
Fox News colleague Neil Cavuto countered that if either of them had given in to Trump, the outcome could have been “very different”.
“100%,” Baier replied.
Earlier this week, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum offered another respite from the station’s pro-Trump messages. She pointed to the “astonishing” lack of evidence for the former president’s election fraud allegations.
The hearings featured officials at many levels — many of them Republicans — describing intense pressure by Trump and his allies to overturn the election results.
On Thursday, former acting assistant attorney general Richard Donoghue testified that Trump pleaded with him to declare the 2020 election “corrupt” and leave the rest to him and Republican congressmen.
Earlier in the week, Arizona GOP State House Speaker Rusty Bowers said Trump and his lawyers pushed him to invalidate his state’s election result despite “no evidence of strength.” “.
Baier was attacked by Trump for reporting that Biden won in Arizona.