U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert stepped up his defense of President Donald Trump during a Thursday morning appearance on “Fox and Friends First” in which he called Americans who reject unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud “ignorant” and “biased.”
“I believe the election was stolen and anybody who says the allegations of fraud are unfounded is either ignorant or so biased that they’re trying to affect outcome,” said the Tyler Republican who East Texans recently reelected to a ninth term in the House.
“Fox and Friends First” host Jillian Mele fired back at Gohmert.
“To be fair, while this is still legally playing out, it’s not exactly factual to say this election is stolen,” she said.
The Trump campaign has insisted that massive voter fraud has occurred in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. So far legal challenges by the president’s team of lawyers have been shot down over lack of evidence. Gohmert insisted Thursday that 10,000 ballots in Michigan were cast in the names of dead voters.
“We’re not talking about allegations. We’re talking it’s been confirmed,” Gohmert said of voter fraud in Michigan.
The Michigan Secretary of State’s Office has denied any voter fraud and says that the ballots of dead voters — including those who cast an absentee ballot and died before before Election Day — are rejected.
“On rare occasions, a ballot received for a living voter may be recorded in a way that makes it appear as if the voter is dead,” the secretary of state’s site reads. “This can be because of voters with similar names, where the ballot is accidentally recorded as voted by John Smith Sr when it was actually voted by John Smith Jr; or because of inaccurately recorded birth dates in the qualified voter file.”
Gohmert also pointed to a Pennsylvania postal worker who claimed after the election he was ordered by his supervisor to tamper with ballots. In an interview with federal agents, the postal worker recanted his claim.
Media organizations like The Associated Press and Fox News, once a favorite of Trump, have called the presidential election in favor of Joe Biden.
Trump took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to deride his former favorite news outlet.
“Fox News daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election and 2020 was Fox News,” Trump said.
A top Fox News executive told investors on Election Day that he expected the channel’s audience to fall off once the hotly contested election was over.
“I would expect that as we enter a more normal news cycle, which will happen eventually, that appetite for news will shift,” said Lachlan Murdoch, executive chairman and CEO of Fox Corporation, media industry news outlet Variety reported.