Fox News anchor Eric Shawn has, for the second time in a few days, exposed President Donald Trump’s allegations of election fraud.
As some Fox News moderators are helping the president to reinforce allegations of election fraud, Shawn is one of the network members who are taking action against the unsubstantiated allegations.
Sunday, Shawn responded in an interview with Maria Bartiromo to allegations that Trump had made in the network just hours earlier that the election had been rigged. Shawn told viewers at the American newsroom that many GOP officials and other experts say the president’s claims about a rigged election are “wrong and unsubstantiated.
On Wednesday, Shawn returned to the issue during a section titled “Investigating Trump’s allegations of election fraud. That day, Trump gave a 46-minute video address and repeated allegations of corruption, machine manipulation and mysterious voices that surfaced.
During an on-air fact-check and citing election officials, Shawn refuted allegations by Trump and his allies about a “massive vote bust” that drove president-elect Joe Biden’s numbers up.
“Election officials say it’s not what he implies,” Shawn told moderator Martha MacCallum. “They say there is no nefarious big bunch for Biden, only votes that they insist are counted correctly, as required by law.
He said that there have been election crests in the embattled state of Pennsylvania. This was raised by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani during a makeshift hearing in Gettysburg on November 25.
Shawn said, however, that election officials told him that the spikes were due to how many votes were entered into the computers and that it was standard practice to report a large number of votes within a short time frame.
“The description as evidence of voter fraud showed either a deplorable ignorance of the fundamentals of election administration or a deliberately false statement designed to mislead the public,” Shawn said, quoting the office of Pennsylvania Secretary Kathy Boockvar.
He went on to say that none of the thousands of officials and election workers around the country “reported any massive fraud or anything with these tips.
McCallum also raised the allegations of truck driver Jesse Morgan on the Fox news program Hannity, who said he drove hundreds of thousands of ballots from New York to Pennsylvania on October 21.
Shawn, however, quoted election officials and said that the claims that the completed ballots had been driven across state lines and disappeared “just can’t happen.
“Each ballot, they say, is assigned to a voter, and they double-check and verify it. They say that you can’t just feed hundreds of thousands of fake ballots or signed ballots into the system somehow,” he said. Washington Newsday has asked the Trump campaign for a comment.
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