World CNN Anchor Hammers Fox News for False Claim About ‘Spontaneous’ Trump Rally
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on Tuesday went off on rival network Fox News for peddling an easily debunked lie that a President’s Day rally for former President Donald Trump was “organic” and “spontaneous.” The right-wing cable network has become “it’s own worst nightmare,” she said.
During an event hyped as the “,” a few hundred MAGA diehards lined a street in West Palm Beach to greet the former president on Monday afternoon after he returned from a golf outing. Flashing a thumbs up as his motorcade slowly drove past them, the gathering represented Trump’s first public appearance since the Senate acquitted him of inciting an insurrection.
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President Donald Trump faces a Senate trial this week for his role in pushing months of election lies, and ultimately prompting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots. But he didn’t do it all alone. The former president had assistance from key allies, including the biggest stars in conservative media. The “Big Lie,” as it’s now been labeled, is the comprehensive collection of unfounded allegations and wild conspiracies peddled by Trump and his allies in conservative media and the GOP, that Joe Biden’s decisive electoral victory was “stolen” due to widespread voter fraud.
Despite the rally being, sycophantic Fox News hosts Pete Hegseth and Sean Hannity both insisted the gathering was not pre-planned in an apparent effort to boost the disgraced ex-president’s ego.
“Fox is becoming its own worst nightmare, completely predictable,” Keilar declared on Tuesday. “Worship Trump, blame Democrats, spotlight fear. Rinse, lather, repeat.”
She sardonically added: “And despite the lies and conspiracy theories being documented and deconstructed on a daily basis, they make like the Brady Bunch kids and keep on, keep on, keep on, keep on all through the night.”
After airing a clip of Hannity, Keilar explained that there was an organized police presence at the rally and shared a copy of the online invitation sent out by media groups.
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“But Sean Hannity is never one to let facts get in the way of things,” the CNN anchor continued, playing another clip of the Fox host and Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. gushing over the “totally organic” event.
“When you go to bed with lies, you wake up with them on the channel too,” Keilar then noted, sharing a clip of Hegseth on Fox & Friends lying that it was “.”
The CNN dayside host, who had becomeduring the Trump era, warned her viewers that “these lies are not harmless” as they are “dividing family” and constituting “part of the bigger lie about what is true and what isn’t.”
Sharing a letter from Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s family slamming his vote to impeach Trump, Keilar pointed out that the Republican lawmaker’s relatives specifically expressed embarrassment that the congressman had lost the respect of Fox hosts Tucker Carlson, Lou Dobbs, and Hannity.
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Former President Donald Trump's highly anticipated second impeachment trial began on Tuesday, just a little more than a month following the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building during Congress' certification of the 2020 election results. © Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images President Donald Trump arrives at the "Stop The Steal" Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.
“And now just to run through that cast of characters,” she said. “Lou Dobbs is off the air,after spreading conspiracy theories about voting machines.
“Tucker Carlson has mocked the Capitol attack, denying it was domestic terrorism, denying any racism was involved even though their verifiably was and, we should point out, Fox successfully defended Carlson in a slander lawsuit saying,” the anchor further exclaimed.
Noting that Fox News has helped “fan the flames” of the “Big Lie” that the election was stolen from Trump, Keilar bemoaned the fact that so many American families are listening to right-wing media.
“These television personalities push lies and conspiracy theories disguised as patriotism and traditional American values when really they’re just home-wreckers who wouldn’t offer up the truth if it landed in their snake oil,” she concluded.
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