Fox News cut away from a Trump campaign press conference about postelection litigation in Pennsylvania on Monday afternoon as White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany made false and unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud.
"Unless she has more details to back that up, I can't in good countenance continue showing you this," anchor Neil Cavuto told viewers soon after McEnany, who said she was speaking for the campaign in her "personal capacity," began her remarks accusing the Democratic Party of "welcoming" fraud and illegal voting.
"That's an explosive charge to make, that the other side is effectively rigging and cheating," Cavuto added.
A spokesperson for the White House press office declined to comment. The Trump campaign also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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While it seemed to be a rare move for the conservative news channel, which has been described as a "mouthpiece" for the president, it came amid reports of fractures in Trump's relationship with the network. On election night, Fox News and the Associated Press called Arizona for President-elect Joe Biden with just 73% of the expected vote counted — a decision that drew the ire of Trump, his team, and supporters of the president's. (Other networks and outlets, including BuzzFeed News, have not yet projected a winner in Arizona as of Monday evening.)
The next day, Fox News anchors pushed back against McEnany, whose recent campaign appearances have raised concerns about whether she has been violating a federal law prohibiting executive branch employees from engaging in political activity as she questioned the legality of a decision allowing Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after Election Day.
"The voting is happening on Election Day; it's just how long it takes to get counted," said Fox News' Martha MacCallum.
After major news outlets and networks, including Fox News, projected that Biden had won the election on Saturday, Sandra Smith, anchor of America's Newsroom, pressed Trump campaign legal adviser Harmeet Dhillon on what evidence the campaign had of voter fraud.
"Where? Where have you found that?" Smith asked.
"I don't telegraph my legal strategy in advance," Dhillon responded.
On Thursday night, three broadcast networks — ABC, NBC, and CBS — cut away from a shocking address by the president in which he droned on about “mystery ballots,” “secret count rooms,” and “illegal votes" without offering a shred of supporting evidence.
Not all Fox News personalities have been as bold as to dismiss the Trump campaign's allegations about voter fraud and "illegal" votes or call them what they are: lies.
Election officials across the country have repeatedly said for days that there has been no evidence of illegal votes being cast and counted in this election. So far, the courts have supported those findings and rejected the president's claims.