Evangelical leader Franklin Graham has been making the rounds on national television recently to try to convince his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but on Tuesday CNN’s Brianna Keilar decided to mesh the problem of vaccine disinformation – which is prevalent among conservative evangelicals – with the problem of election disinformation – which is also prevalent among conservative evangelicals, and hold his feet to the fire for his part in the lie that Donald Trump won the election.
Graham was a source of election disinformation. As recently as January 4, two days before the deadly insurrection, he said it “seems reasonable to me” for Republican Senators to “not vote … to certify the results of the presidential election until there is an audit of states in question.”
December 28 he also spread election disinformation:
Many people believe the presidential election was stolen from @realDonaldTrump, and if conservatives lose control of the Senate, there is nothing to stop the radical agenda of the left. There won’t be another chance to get this right. The nation is depending on you. 2/2
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) December 28, 2020
On December 19 Graham was spreading election falsehoods and other pro-Trump falsehoods:
Since the 2016 election, @POTUS @realDonaldTrump has been falsely accused, maligned, and attacked. He told us his campaign was spied on. He was right. He told us there was no collusion. He was proven right. When he says this election was rigged or stolen, I tend to believe him.
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) December 19, 2020
Those are just a few of the times Graham helped advance the lie the election was stolen.
Keilar did not mention them specifically, but she did say that the “disinformation that we’re seeing driving vaccine hesitancy among evangelicals, it’s really part of a bigger disinformation problem that includes, you know lies about the outcome of the  election that Trump, not Biden won, which many evangelicals believe, which is something that you have given life to. Do you have any regrets about publicly doubting the outcome?”
Graham insisted that “73 million Americans out there, that have some concerns about the election. Listen, I think it’s time we move on, the election is over with, and we got to go down the road as a country move forward. President Biden is the President.”
She was not letting him off the hook so easily.
“It’s not over sir, sir respectfully,” Keilar insisted. “Reverend, respectfully, it’s not over for a lot of people. It is not, I mean we’re looking at this audit going on in Arizona. So then how do you square what, so you don’t you don’t believe what you said before in December about believing Trump when he said it was rigged?”
Graham repeated his previous reply.
“73 million plus people out there that feel there was funny business in that election,” he claimed, falsely. While 60% of Republicans believe the election was stolen, that’s not 73 million people.
“I’ve moved on Brianna. We’re trying to save people’s lives. We’ve got a real crisis in front of us and I want to work with the Biden administration, if we can to try to get information out that will save lives. And to me the election is behind us, President Biden won, he’s sworn in, and let’s just move on,” Graham insisted.
“With all due respect sir, I understand that you’re saying that but there are people who doubt the outcome of the election, we’re not moving on, and many folks including yourself, told them not to essentially, or to question the outcome of this election, you did it more than a month after the outcome of the election. Are you, do you stand corrected? Is what you said incorrect?”
“No, I don’t think it’s incorrect Brianna I just think it is what it is. We’ve got 73 million –”
“So you’re saying that Joe Biden didn’t win the election but that you’re moving on? I just want to be very clear about what you’re saying.”
“No, no, let’s be very clear. I’ve said I’m moving on. He’s the president, and when he needs our support he needs our prayers,” Graham said, refusing to admit he was wrong.
“Alright, sir I will just say, many people have not moved on, they believe as you put it have concerns about the election, many of them believe that it was inaccurate, and there were people in positions of power, including yourself, who gave them reason to believe that,” Keilar said, again pinning blame on Graham, “but look, sir. We certainly appreciate having you.”
Rev. @Franklin_Graham says taking the Covid-19 vaccine is a “personal choice” but it’s one he is encouraging people to make, especially in his Evangelical community.
— New Day (@NewDay) May 18, 2021
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‘Haters Never Take a Day Off From Getting Facts Wrong’ McEnany Says as She Falsely Claims Founders Opposed Slavery
Kayleigh McEnany attacked liberals as ‘haters” Tuesday morning, claiming that they get facts wrong as she falsely claimed the founding fathers “were against slavery.”
“The haters never take a day off from hating, that’s clear, and they never take a day off from getting the facts wrong,” said the Fox News pundit and former Trump White House press secretary known for her history of false statements and lies.
“We know most of our forefathers, all of our main founding fathers were against slavery, recognized the evils of it,” she said Tuesday on Fox News, directing viewers to the Heritage Foundation’s website.
“They’re so wrong on so much, where to begin,” she claims in the video below.
As Media Matters for America News Director John Whitehouse notes below, an article at USA Today profiles “the 56 people who signed the Declaration of Independence.”
“Some of the signers are world famous – among them Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams – and some are obscure,” the USA Today piece explains. “The majority owned slaves – 41 of the 56, according to one study – though there were also ardent abolitionists among their number.”
For those who want to take a very specific look at McEnany’s claim that “all of our main founding fathers were against slavery,” that too is false. Anthony Iaccarino, Assistant Professor of History and Humanities at Reed College in Encyclopedia Britannica lists 21 of the most prominent Founding Fathers, finding that just seven of those were non-slaveholders.
Fox's Kayleigh McEnany amazingly claims that "all of our main founding fathers were against slavery, recognized the evils of it."
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) July 6, 2021
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California Republican gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner on Thursday refused to answer a very simple, fact-based question: Did Donald Trump win or lose the election?
“I want to ask you something,” co-host Joy Behar asked Jenner on ABC’s “The View,” “something that’s important for me to know. You say that you’re a Republican and I’m just wondering because a lot of Republicans in this country believe that Donald Trump won the election and not Joe Biden. Are you one of those people one of those Republicans?”
Jenner refused to answer.
“I’m not going to get into that. That election is over with. I think Donald Trump did some good things and what I liked about Donald Trump is he, he was a disrupter when he was president, I want to do the same thing. I want to go in and be a thoughtful disrupter, in Sacramento. We need to change the system, and I want to change that system for the positive.”
Donald Trump lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden by 7,052,770 votes. Joe Biden beat Donald Trump with more votes – 81,268,924 – than were ever cast in any U.S. election in history. He also won a strong 51.3% of the popular vote, and 306 to 232 Electoral College votes.
Appearing on The View, Caitlyn Jenner refuses to say whether or not she believes Trump lost the 2020 election:
“I’m not going to get into that. That election is over with… he was a disrupter when he was president. I want to do the same thing.” pic.twitter.com/pBLlaeoj4O
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 10, 2021
Watch: Fox News’ Chris Wallace Schools Anchor Who Calls Basic Facts ‘Describing the Case Democrats Are Making’
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“For all the talk of this being done in private,” said Wallace, referring to current GOP talking points that are false, “there are 45 Republicans who are members of these three committees who have access” to testimony, depositions, and witnesses, given they are allowed in the room where the investigation is proceeding.
“So it’s not like just the Democrats alone with these Trump administration officials, there are 45 Republicans who can be in the room and ask questions as well,” he explained.
Smith did not appear pleased.
“I hear you describing the case the Democrats are making,” she said, as a scowl crossed her face, seemingly unaware that facts are facts, “that Republicans are attacking the process because they fear the facts may be damning.”
Plowing through, Smith insisted on sticking to the script of GOP talking points.
“Republicans are saying if the facts are so damning then Democrats should make this public – put it out there for everybody to take in,” Smith, thinking she would have the last word, said as she tried to move on.
Not satisfied, Wallace interjected.
“They will. You know, the answer is there’s no chance that you’re going to have a vote on impeachment without people like Bill Taylor, Fiona Hill, and conceivably now people are talking about John Bolton, testifying in public and being questioned in public by Republicans.”
“As I say, in the Benghazi investigation there were private hearings and then there were public hearings, that’s what’s going to happen here.
A glancing mention earlier this hour by Chris Wallace is Fox News’ only acknowledgement today that their former colleague John Bolton might testify before the impeachment inquiry. pic.twitter.com/fKG3AxRzdS
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) October 25, 2019
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