Donald Trump and his supporters got blindsided on Election Night.
The source of the controversy was unexpected – Fox News.
A top Fox News executive called Trump on election night and changed everything.
On Election Night Donald Trump and many of his supporters watched the returns come in and thought they were watching a replay of 2016 where Trump trailed early and then won key states like Florida, Iowa and Ohio on the way to victory.
But that all changed when Fox News jumped ahead of all other media organizations and called Arizona for Joe Biden with just 73 percent of the vote in.
From that moment the narrative flipped, and the press announced Joe Biden was on track for victory.
In author Michael Wolff’s new book “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” Wolff claims Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch ordered his son – Fox Corps CEO Lachlan – to call the network and order the decision desk to put Arizona’s Electoral College votes in Joe Biden’s column.
“Lachlan got his father on the phone to ask if he wanted to make the early call. His father, with signature grunt, assented, adding, ‘F— him.’ ” Wolff wrote.
Fox News strongly denied the claim releasing a statement declaring that it was Arnon Mishkin, the head of Fox News Decision Desk, who called Arizona for Biden.
“Arnon Mishkin who leads the FOX News Decision Desk made the Arizona call on election night and FOX News Media President Jay Wallace was then called in the control room. Any other version of the story is wildly inaccurate.” the statement read.
This call was controversial.
Other media outlets did not call Arizona for weeks because the race was so close – Biden’s margin of victory was around 10,000 votes.
Even if Fox was right – some election forecasters argued – calling a race decided by 10,000 votes with nearly 30 percent of the vote out was premature.
Wolff went on to claim that anchor Bill Hemmer called Trump advisor to break the news that Fox was calling Arizona for Biden.
“Miller involuntarily rose from his seat. ‘What the f—?’ he said out loud, looking around and seeing the still-merry and untroubled faces in the Map Room.” Wolff claim.
Wolff went on to allege that Trump reacted angrily.
“What the f—? How can they call this?” Trump said after hearing the decision, according to the book. “We’re winning. And everybody can see we are going to win. Everybody’s calling to say that we’re winning. And then they pull this?” Trump supposedly said.
Fox News also strongly denied this claim.
“This never happened and is completely untrue.” A Fox spokesperson stated.
There is reason to doubt Wolff.
Wolff’s last book “Fire and Fury” collapsed under false allegations such as Trump having an affair with his U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
What is true is Fox did make a controversial call of Arizona on Election Night and Donald Trump still harbors resentment to this day.
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