Fox News has barely covered Trump supporters’ martial law recommendations: report
That some supporters of President Donald Trump have been urging him to declare martial law — including Atlanta-based attorney Lin Wood, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell — has received a great deal of coverage. But according to Media Matters' Eric Kleefeld, right-wing Fox News has barely covered the disturbing recommendation that has been coming from some Trump supporters
"Fox News, the network that avidly promoted President Donald Trump's efforts to subvert the election results, is now almost silent on a major story from over the weekend: the reports in both The New York Times and Axios that Trump is flirting with martial law," Kleefeld explains. "The news outlets reported, over the weekend, that Trump met with conspiracy theorist attorney Sidney Powell and his disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, with Trump pondering whether to seize voting machines for examination, and perhaps even to appoint Powell as a special counsel to investigate the election."
Kleefeld notes that Flynn "has been publicly calling for Trump to impose martial law in order to nullify the election, telling Newsmax last week that 'within the swing states, if he wanted to, he could take military capabilities, and he could place them in those states and basically re-run an election in each of those states.'"
On December 20, Trump tweeted:
Martial law = Fake News. Just more knowingly bad reporting!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1608440788.0
But on December 1, Powell ally Wood tweeted:
Good morning. Our country is headed to civil war. A war created by 3rd party bad actors for their benefit - not fo… https://t.co/J3hCjuW8x3— Lin Wood (@Lin Wood)1606834823.0
Kleefeld points out that Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway mentioned Trump's "fake news" and "martial law" reference of December 20, saying, "President Trump tweeted last night, I believe, that that was fake news. So, you have it from the horse's mouth that he has no intention of declaring martial law or anything else crazy that the media are putting out there." But Hemingway also said, "There are very legitimate concerns about this very sloppy election."
According to Kleefeld, "The cause of rejecting the democratic process and seizing election equipment received further promotion Monday morning on Fox Business, when anchor Maria Bartiromo hosted White House trade adviser Peter Navarro to promote his new report claiming election theft occurred in six swing states."
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