Following a recent interview of former President Donald Trump by Fox News Channel personality Dan Bongino, some of Trump’s statements were edited out of a video posted to the network’s YouTube channel.
The move sparked a furious backlash from the former president’s supporters — and now Bongino himself is crying foul.
“I went to post a clip from President Trump’s great interview”
In a statement on the matter, Bongino insisted that he had nothing to do with the edits and described the move as “not acceptable.”
He promised his viewers that he would continue to fight for a “definitive resolution” to the situation.
The interview took place on Saturday and included Trump’s assertion that November’s presidential results were “fake” and that the election was stolen via fraud and irregularities. The former president’s claims were clipped out of the YouTube video posted later, however, and Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington was quick to point it out in a Twitter thread the following day.
“WOW,” she wrote. “So I went to post a clip from President Trump’s great interview from [Fox News] last night, and lo and behold, Fox News EDITED and CHANGED what President Trump said, censoring out 45 accurately describing the Fake Election.”
Harrington induced clips of her own that revealed exactly what had been removed from the YouTube video.
“We have no intention of doing that on my show”
She went on to compare the move to perceived censorship by major tech platforms, adding: “They are putting President Trump’s honest statement, and the concerns of tens of millions of Americans, down the Memory Hole.”
Harrington defended Bongino from accusations that he was responsible for the edit, calling the host “a great friend of America First” and blaming Fox News for removing the remarks “just like they have cut out coverage of election fraud” in the months since Election Day.
Bongino addressed the situation on his radio show on Monday, addressing the “betrayal” he felt by Fox News and some of his own fans.
“It was edited,” he said of the interview video. “The reason I was given was to comply with YouTube rules. We have no intention of doing that on my show. I don’t control the Fox News YouTube account. However, I do work with them and it’s my show.”
The cable news network did not immediately confirm why it decided to edit Trump’s remarks, but The Wrap noted that Fox News is currently defending itself against a pair of defamation suits from voting machine manufacturers Dominion and Smartmatic and could have opted to act out of an abundance of caution.