Fox News host Martha MacCallum confronted Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel on Sunday over Donald Trump’s baseless accusations of cheating within the Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary.
The previous president encouraged celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, whom he endorsed within the race, to declare victory last week, though the competition was too near call and can likely head for a recount. He also suggested Oz’s opponent, former hedge fund CEO David McCormick, was someway cheating.
“Dr. Oz should declare victory,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform last week. “It makes it much harder for them to cheat with the ballots that they ‘just happened to seek out.’”
On Thursday he added: “Stop FINDING VOTES in PENNSYLVANIA! RIGGED?”
MacCallum pressed McDaniel on the accusation, asking: “The previous president is suggesting that one other Republican who’s supported by individuals who used to work in his administration is trying to find votes or doing something that’s untoward?”
McDaniel dodged the query, pivoting as an alternative to criticize absentee and mail-in voting rules within the state.
“So if Dave McCormick were to win, will he be supported by President Trump or is he going to maintain saying that he won this in a way that wasn’t fair or that was fraudulent?” MacCallum asked. “It seems odd, doesn’t it?”
McDaniel insisted that “every Republican goes to be supporting the Republican nominee in these states, including President Trump” as a way to defeat the Democratic candidate.
Trump’s accusations are much like his false claims in regards to the 2020 election, which he has insisted without evidence was “stolen” from him.
This time, he appears to be directing his wrath at a few of his own voters. Pennsylvania has closed primaries, so all votes forged for Oz and McCormick were from registered Republicans.
Watch the exchange on Mediaite.