Chris Wallace Hits Donald Trump With Blunt Fact-Check On Mail-In Ballot Fraud Claims

Fox News host Chris Wallace risked drawing the ire of Donald Trump yet again on Friday after he debunked the president’s false claims on mail-in voter fraud.

Trump has ramped up his rhetoric against mail-in voting in recent weeks, at one point even threatening to withhold federal funds from Nevada and Michigan if they went ahead with sending applications to voters.

That’s despite Trump himself voting by mail in Florida’s GOP primary in March.

Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday,” fact-checked the president’s claims on Friday’s broadcast of “America’s Newsroom.”

“Well, you know, I’ve done some deep dive into it, there really is no record of massive fraud or even serious fraud from mail-in voting,” he said.

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“It’s being carried out in Republican states. It’s being carried out in Democratic states,” Wallace continued. “There’s no indication that mail-in voting, as opposed to in-person voting, tends to favor one party over another.”

Wallace noted how “if anything, it tends to favor Republicans” because “the people, now we’re talking about outside a pandemic, who historically have tended to vote most often by mail are elderly people, people over 65, and they tend to vote more Republican than Democratic.”

“Have there been some cases? Yes,” Wallace acknowledged, also citing the potential problem of vote harvesting. “But when people get their ballots and mail them in themselves, no history of fraud at all,” he said.

Trump has also falsely claimed on multiple occasions that up to 5 million votes were illegally cast in the 2016 presidential election. He lost the popular vote to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by almost 3 million votes.

Wallace’s fact-checking of Trump came amid an escalation in tensions between the president and Fox News, whose primetime hosts, in particular, have been widely accused of being a propaganda vehicle for the Trump administration.

Trump lashed out at the widely watched conservative network earlier this week after anchor Neil Cavuto slammed the president’s claim about taking the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine as protection against the coronavirus.

“Many will disagree, but @FoxNews is doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected on November 3rd,” Trump tweeted Thursday.

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Trump Touts Fox & Friends Ratings the Morning After Claiming He Was Done with Network



Trump has long been a Fox fan, dating back to his weekly call-in segments on the Fox & Friends program as he built his political profile ahead of the 2016 election. However, he often becomes angry with the network when it appears to disagree with him in any way.

The president lashed out at Fox in late April and blamed the network for "being fed Democrat talking points."

"[Fox News] just doesn’t get what’s happening!" he tweeted, adding in a follow up tweet that he has "No respect for the people running" the network.

Trump's attacks on the media, his ongoing propensity for not heeding science and his affinity for conspiracy theories without evidence have been a staple of his presidency. The 73-year-old often casts a widespread label on the media as an "enemy of the people," cries "fake news" when he disagrees with coverage of his administration, and he often targets specific reporters during press conferences and on social media in an effort to discredit their reporting.

Trump suggested last week that MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough was guilty of murder — drawing on a baseless conspiracy theory surrounding the news host that's been promoted by right-wing blogs and message boards.

Journalists at Fox News, which is widely known as Trump's preferred news network, know they aren't immune to the president's social media tantrums either.

Last month, Fox News anchor Bret Baier told PEOPLE the network's anchors feel a responsibility to cover news fairly and responsibly — whether Trump is a fan of its coverage or not.

"Sometimes he characterizes ‘fake news’ as news he doesn’t like," Baier said.

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