A Fox News host made a stunning admission on the air Wednesday — that President Donald Trump won the 2016 election due to interference from Russia.
While leading a panel on Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” discussing the recently released Mueller report, Melissa Francis moved attention toward implications for Trump amid criticisms from Democrats and others that have come about as a result of the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Rather than discussing misdeeds from the Trump campaign that are mentioned in the Mueller report, Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe, who was part of the panel, tried to shift attention toward who was to blame for Russian interference in the first place.
Boothe tried to pin the blame of Russia’s interference on former President Barack Obama, whom she accused of doing nothing to stop the Kremlin.
“The Mueller report plainly states that Russia was trying to interfere since 2014,” Boothe said. “Obama did nothing about it…because he thought that Hillary Clinton would end up winning the election.”
Boothe further insinuated that Democrats only cared about Russian interference once they had lost the election, and could blame their loss on foreign interference.
Fox host accidentally admits that Russian interference cost Democrats the election. (I really hope Trump was watching.)
FRANCIS: Democrats "care about Russia now because it cost them an election." pic.twitter.com/lfm6nVBdf1
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) April 24, 2019
That’s when Francis interjected. “I think they [Democrats] care about Russia now because it cost them an election,” she said.
It’s a stunning revelation for a network that generally disseminates opinions that are favorable to the Trump administration. Admitting that Russia helped Trump win doesn’t put the president in a positive light, and it’s an assertion that Trump himself has tried to refute in the past.
Looking beyond the (perhaps) accidental admission from Francis, the assertions made by the members of the panel she was a part of are in fact misleading. The Obama administration was indeed making efforts to warn and even threaten Russia not to interfere with U.S. elections, per reporting from the New York Times.
Former CIA Director John Brennan, for example, told his Russian counterparts not to interfere in the presidential race. Obama himself told reporters after the election in 2016 that he had personally warned Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the topic of election meddling, to “cut it out, there were going to be serious consequences if he did not.”
As a result, the Obama administration imposed economic sanctions on the Russian regime, according to reporting from the Washington Post.
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