“Fox & Friends” hosts suggested NFL players obeyed President Donald Trump’s order to stand for the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
No Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots players kneeled during the “Star-Spangled Banner,” which the president has railed against for most of the season, and Fox News hosts implied causation.
“Everyone stood, and that is the headline this morning,” said host Ainsley Earhardt. “So glad to see that.”
Co-host host Steve Doocy agreed the Super Bowl had sufficiently celebrated military service, which he credited to Trump.
“The president of the United States sent out a tweet, and the message was clear,” Doocy said.
Earhardt read from Trump’s statement, saying “their sacrifice is stitched into each star and every stripe of our star-spangled banner. We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the national anthem.”
Co-host Brian Kilmeade breathed a sigh of relief.
“We got a brief respite from the political process,” Kilmeade said. “In fact, most of the ads I thought were more humorous. Last year they were a little bit more political.”
Trump thanked the Fox News hosts a short time later on Twitter.
Thank you to @foxandfriends for exposing the truth. Perhaps that’s why your ratings are soooo much better than your untruthful competition!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2018
NFL season ends with all players on their feet as President Trump calls on Americans to stand for National Anthem pic.twitter.com/kGHnpLUGNT
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) February 5, 2018
‘Conspiracy, extortion and bribery’: Ex-prosecutor ticks off crimes Trump and Rudy may have committed with Ukraine gambit
On MSNBC Saturday, former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah laid out all the ways that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani could be breaking federal law with their apparent scheme to push Ukraine into digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
"Extortion, conspiracy to engage in extortion, and violating federal election law," said host Alex Witt. "Do you agree with all those premises?"
"I do, Alex, and I would add one to that, which is federal bribery," said Rocah. "Here, Trump essentially was trying to get the Ukrainian president to bribe him, give him information about his political opponent in exchange for aid to the country. So, that is soliciting a bribe. And you know, look, we can get into this more. Obviously, this is my area of expertise, whether something violates federal criminal laws, but I do worry that we're going down a path that we went down with the Mueller investigation, because for the president of the United States, that is not the standard."
Giuliani’s public invitation to Ukraine to interfere in US elections opened the door for other countries to run to Trump
President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani turned heads with his bizarre, unhinged rant on national television that effectively urged Ukraine to continue trying to gather dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden — and for news outlets to take whatever they find seriously.
As Casey Michel wrote in The Daily Beast, even if this effort ultimately fails to turn up useful opposition research against Biden, this is a profoundly dangerous development for American democracy.
Trump whistleblower needs to go directly to FBI because Bill Barr can’t be trusted: Ex-FBI director
Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi blew up Donald Trump's claim that he is the victim of a "Ukraine Witchhunt."
He then added that the whistleblower who went to the inspector general with a serious charge against the president should take what he has and go to the FBI within a week if nothing happens.
"We've got to get to the bottom of this, and we can't rely on leaks and certain reporters getting certain tidbits of information," the ex-FBI man explained. "This needs to be explored and it's likely this could end up in a criminal investigation."