Fox News host Martha MacCallum confronted Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel on Sunday over Donald Trump’s baseless accusations of cheating in Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate primary.
The former president encouraged famed doctor Mehmet Oz, whom he backed in the race, to declare victory last week, even though the contest was too close to be announced and will likely head for a recount. He also suggested that Oz’s adversary, former hedge fund CEO David McCormick, was somehow cheating.
“Dr. Oz should declare victory,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform last week. “It’s much harder for them to cheat with the ballots they ‘just found’.”
On Thursday, he added: “Stop FINDING VOTES in PENNSYLVANIA! RIGGED?”
MacCallum pressed McDaniel on the charge, asking, “The former president is suggesting another Republican who is backed by people who worked in his administration is chasing votes or doing something untoward?”
McDaniel dodged the question, instead pivoting to criticize mail-in and mail-out voting rules in the state.
“So if Dave McCormick were to win, will he be supported by President Trump or will he continue to say he won this in a way that wasn’t fair or that was fraudulent?” MacCallum asked. “Sounds strange, doesn’t it?” »
McDaniel insisted that “every Republican will support the Republican nominee in those states, including President Trump” in order to defeat the Democratic nominee.
Trump’s accusations are similar to his false claims about the 2020 election, which he insisted on without evidence being “stolen” from him.
This time he seems to be directing his anger at some of his own constituents. Pennsylvania closed the primaries, so all votes cast for Oz and McCormick came from registered Republicans.
Watch the exchange on Mediaite.