Election 2020

Conservatives Furious After Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade Tells Trump That He Lost the Election

Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade chose a polite way to tell Donald Trump to “grow up” by matter-of-factly stating the former president that he needs to “learn to lose.” Instead of doing what he’s been doing — repeating the false claim that the election was “rigged” against him.

Kilmeade was a guest on Media Buzz on Sunday and the show’s host Howard Kurtz asked him what he thought about the “heart of the outrage” of media coverage of the one year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is largely due to Trump’s insistence that he only lost the election due to widespread voter fraud, Newsweek reports.

Kilmeade noted that Trump has not credibly proven his claims in the more than 14 months since the election took place. And let me tell you, his answer was pretty on point.

“In life you have to learn to lose. Hillary Clinton has to learn that. Al Gore pretty much did learn that, Stacey Abrams didn’t learn that,” Kilmeade said, referring to the 2016 and 2000 Democratic Presidential nominees. He was also referring to Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who didn’t concede her loss to Republican Brian Kemp and alleged voter suppression.”

What a shame, because she is an excellent candidate and an all-around decent human being.

But oh well, this story isn’t about that.

Kilmeade had more things to say about Trump. Things in fact that Trump would do if he had any common sense. Which he doesn’t and he wants to keep making this all about him. So there’s that.

Kilmeade, however, is definitely on the right track.

“If you did, in fact, get screwed out of this election, put together an A-team list of lawyers, not the ones we witnessed, show us the districts and show us how,” he said.

Usually, Kilmeade is kind of an idiot on Fox & Friends — let’s not forget the time he suggested that protesters who want to get police out of their neighborhoods should be banned from using emergency services for life. Because that’s the kind of guy he is.

But on Kurtz’s show, he told the story of how Andrew Jackson lost a “controversial election despite winning the popular vote,” which then led him to cut a “backroom deal” to become secretary of state. By doing this, Kilmeade said, Jackson became “more powerful after being president” than he was as president.

That led Kurtz to wonder aloud if it is “anti-Trump” to assert that the ex-president is wrong to keep insisting there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

“It isn’t,” Kilmeade said. “It doesn’t help him, but Donald Trump has defied everybody again. It was the worst day in Republican history. They lost two Senate elections and lost the Senate in Georgia, the next day you have the raid on the Capitol.”

“That hurt Donald Trump as much as anything since, so they think he was sidelined. One year [later], he’s as powerful as ever, despite [not] being on social media and he’s the number one contender to have the nomination next time when he comes back.”

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack has even revealed that Kilmeade is one of several Fox News personalities who urged Trump’s ex-chief of staff Mark Meadows as the attack unfolded to persuade the president to tell his supporters to stop the riot.

Kilmeade’s email to Meadows read:

“Please get him on TV. Destroying everything you have accomplished,” Kilmeade wrote.

But we know that didn’t happen. Kilmeade deserves a little credit for at least trying. Even if he is an idiot.

Conservative Twitter had some thoughts:

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Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity. She can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GaiaLibra and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/politicalsaurus

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