Americans who watched Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade interview President Donald Trump are outraged at the “Fox & Friends” co-host’s “groveling” and “allowing” the president to spew “lie after lie after lie.”
Americans have grown accustomed to watching President Trump lie repeatedly, and while they are still outraged daily by those lies, they expect members of the press to definitively correct the record in real-time when he does.
Not only did Kilmeade let Trump spew falsehoods with abandon in his Fox News interview that aired Sunday morning, Kilmeade actually spun the lies himself.
The outrage is so palpable “Kilmeade” is trending on social media. It’s rare when journalists attract more anger than the President, but Kilmeade’s refusal to tell the public the truth appeared to be a turning point for even some Republicans.
For example, in this clip Kilmeade poses a question noting that when Trump was sworn into office the military’s budget had been cut by 25%. Much of those cuts were forced by Republicans via sequestration, a fact Kilmeade didn’t bother to tell viewers. But worse, he used Trump’s repeated lie, falsely saying that the military was “out of bullets,” as a basis for his question. That dangerous lie has been disproved countless times, including today by retired lieutenant general Russel L. Honore’ (below, in a tweet.)
During interview with Trump that was recorded at the Army-Navy football game, @kilmeade embarrassingly echoes a lie… https://t.co/x1C9PrF01H— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1607864690.0
Kilmeade also let Trump get away with this lie: “The Supreme Court, all they did is say we don’t have standing.”
That’s false. In that case, filed by the Texas attorney general and joined by 17 others states and 126 GOP members of Congress, the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to decide they did not have standing – but said unanimously if they had taken the case they would have voted against it.
Kilmeade ignored that most important fact, allowing Trump’s dangerous lies to continue, lies that are now leading to violence on America’s streets.
"They're winning these things on little technicalities, like a thing called standing." https://t.co/fPdLMHX3bg— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1607866790.0
Here’s how many are reacting:
Hey @kilmeade, during your interview with Donald Trump this weekend, Trump said he won, Joe Biden lost, and that Bi… https://t.co/u86QTxg1Kn— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh) 1607876248.0
Why doesn’t @kilmeade just drop to his knees in worship? https://t.co/EVxhwRvKfb— David Corn (@David Corn) 1607870475.0
@atrupar @kilmeade We were not out of ammunition, real story after 20 Jan 2021 , Smile , talking about problems the… https://t.co/9Iu4WZmT9W— Russel L. Honore' (@Russel L. Honore') 1607868243.0
I like the way the @kilmeade doesn’t even pretend to have a shred of journalistic integrity anymore just parrots li… https://t.co/N9tJAV5tbO— Mat Poynter (@Mat Poynter) 1607871290.0
@atrupar @kilmeade My favorite part of the no ammunition lie is that it seems to based on the premise that the Pres… https://t.co/9UJMef2PxP— JOE HAS TOTAL AUTHORITY (@JOE HAS TOTAL AUTHORITY) 1607865196.0
Watch all of it. The entire thread of videos. Were this any other human being, it would be incredible. But it's… https://t.co/pPY2I6y1ls— George Conway (@George Conway) 1607866800.0
@kilmeade @realDonaldTrump @FoxNews What a hack @kilmeade is, allowing lie after lie after lie. @realDonaldTrump is… https://t.co/MmeL2UuUt1— gpc (@gpc) 1607867150.0
@gtconway3d @realDonaldTrump Watching @kilmeade groveling before Trump I’m waiting for him to drop to his knee’s &… https://t.co/1jeLNuvYs0— Pat (@Pat) 1607873156.0
Way to push back @kilmeade, are you really a dummy or do you just play one on TV for Trump? https://t.co/c8gUSUDRgr— Rick Tyler-Still Right (@Rick Tyler-Still Right) 1607868616.0
@atrupar @kilmeade At what point do the so-called journalists @FoxNews stop promoting sedition - legal votes are no… https://t.co/XV9hCe7agV— Naomi Chambers (@Naomi Chambers) 1607877816.0