Despite the support of some Fox News Channel opinion hosts, many of the network’s on-air personalities have apparently grown increasingly hostile toward the Trump administration.
That trend was on display this week when anchor Neil Cavuto cut off White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany mid-sentence during a news briefing to provide his own take on what he considered a misleading statement, as reported by Breitbart.
His diatribe came on Monday as the White House’s top spokesperson raised the issue of potential voter fraud and illegal voting in the wake of a presidential race that President Donald Trump has yet to concede to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
McEnany addressed the recent claims that Democratic officials engaged in shenanigans as part of an effort to ensure the former vice president’s victory in last week’s election.
“There is only one party in America trying to keep observers out of the count room — that party, my friends, is the Democrat party,” she said.
Her criticism continued by asserting that Democrats “don’t oppose an audit of the vote because you want an accurate count” and “don’t oppose our effort at sunlight, at transparency, because you have nothing to hide.”
When McEnany asserted that Trump’s opponents “take these positions because you are welcoming fraud and you are welcoming illegal voting,” Cavuto clearly had reached his limit and suddenly pulled the plug on the live broadcast.
“If she does bring proof”
“Whoa, whoa, whoa, I just think we have to be very clear,” he said. “She’s charging that the other side is welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting. Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue showing you this.”
The anchor went on to clarify that he would resume coverage of the press conference if satisfied that McEnany had sufficiently bolstered her initial claim.
“I want to make sure that maybe they do have something back that up,” he continued. “But that’s an explosive charge to make that the other side is effectively rigging and cheating. If she does bring proof of that, of course, we will take you back.”
Such a display by this Fox News Channel personality is emblematic of the change Trump has bemoaned on multiple occasions in recent months.
Most recently, he has expressed concern over the direction of the channel’s election coverage, declaring earlier this month that it has “changed a lot in the last four years.”