During the week, viewers can hear some pretty extraordinary things on the Fox News network. The weekend, though, particularly during Jeanine Pirro’s show, unchecked disinformation runs rampant. Just a week back, the show had to run a correction after being threatened with a lawsuit from Dominion.
Despite having to correct the record on the voting machine story, Pirro’s show was again spreading false information on Saturday night. The former judge welcomed Trump adviser Peter Navarro to appear. And Navarro was shredded online after claiming that Mike Pence could postpone the inauguration.
Navarro told viewers, “Vice President Pence has the authority to give that 10-day window to do what needs to get done. I can’t imagine when he looks at the facts he won’t vote the right way on that.” Pirro jumped in, “The 10-day window is something that they can change the date. January 20 cannot be changed, that is constitutional.”
The Trump spokesperson falsely claimed, “It can be changed. We can go past that date. We can go past that date, if we need to. And we have got to get this right…We need to take it back for the people.”
There was an immediate rebuke to Navarro online. CNN legal expert Elie Honig simply wrote, “BS and BS.”
BS and BS
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) January 3, 2021
Author Amy Siskind opined, “Navarro knows as much about our constitution as he does about economics.”
And MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell responded, “Peter Navarro is lying on both points. Pence has no authority to do anything other than open an envelope and hand the contents to congressional clerks who add the totals of electoral votes. Inauguration Day January 20 is in the constitution. It can’t be changed.”
Peter Navarro is lying on both points. Pence has no authority to do anything other than open an envelope and hand the contents to congressional clerks who add the totals of electoral votes. Inauguration Day January 20 is in the constitution. It can’t be changed. https://t.co/MbOQ346J6X
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) January 3, 2021
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