Amid ongoing ballot audits of the 2020 election in multiple states, former President Donald Trump recently slammed Fox News and anchor Bret Baier over what he says is inaccurate coverage of potential vote fraud findings in Maricopa County, Arizona, as Mediaite reports.
Trump issued a statement railing against what he perceives as a deliberate unwillingness on the part of media outlets to even explore the possibility that outcome-determinative fraud occurred last November and a reluctance to report on recent findings that appear to suggest at least some significant concerns about the integrity of the process in Arizona in particular.
“Fox News and other media outlets incorrectly side with the outdated and terrible Maricopa County Election Board to report no fraud found in the Presidential Election,” Trump said, adding, “They spew the gross misinformation purposefully put out by the county and the Associated Press, and IGNORE the very important Arizona Senate’s hearing yesterday.”
Singling the Special Report host out for individual scorn, Trump continued, “The same anchor at the desk the night Fox called Arizona for Joe Biden now wants you to believe there was no fraud. The anchor was Bret Baier,” adding later on his statement, “Arizona shows Fraud and Voting Irregularities many times more than would be needed to change the outcome of the Election.”
Though mainstream media outlets have gone to great lengths to discredit the Maricopa County audit, a state Senate hearing in Arizona last week provided at least some cause for concern, particularly with regard to ballots that had been duplicated prior to tabulation due to damage sustained by the original documents.
As Just the News noted last week, Senate liaison Ken Bennett testified about the need for serial number comparisons to be made between ballots that require duplication as well as the duplicated ballots themselves, and that the audit revealed “thousands of duplicate ballots where those serial numbers are not on them.”
In response, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann asked the question of how, then, would it be possible to know whether a ballot had been duplicated one time or ten times, if that matching process was not conducted,” to which Bennett answered, “You wouldn’t,” raising legitimate questions about the accuracy of the final count.
In his statement, Trump also referenced other problematic details he says emerged from the Senate hearing, including “168,000 fraudulent ballots printed on illegal paper (unofficial ballots), 74,000 mail in ballots received that were never mailed (magically appearing ballots), 11,000 voters were added to the voter rolls AFTER the election and still voted, all the access logs to the machines were wiped, and the election server was hacked during the election.”
Though an official final report from the Maricopa County audit has yet to be produced, and it is therefore difficult to assess any of the claims raised by Trump, there is a deep – and sadly justified – suspicion among many Americans that the whole story will never be told by media outlets determined to protect their preferred narrative.