A Democratic strategist took Fox News host Brian Kilmeade to task for daring to defend former president Donald Trump and his connections to people who were intimately involved in the planning of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Laura Fink of Rebelle Communications was a guest on the Fox show “Media Buzz” Sunday morning, with the segment starting when host Howard Kurtz noted that longtime Trump friend and confidant Roger Stone had been caught on video urging violence on Jan. 6, which led Kilmeade to suggest that Stone had almost no connection to the ex-president:
“Roger Stone was never an insider. He didn’t last a few weeks with the Trump campaign even though he was pushing Trump to run really since 2008. What he said about [the video] being a deep fake is hard to believe.
“It’s clearly him making a bad decision to talk to a crew that he knew nothing about, and say things that are totally irrational, which he had no control over. I’m never going to sit here and defend Roger Stone and his antics.”
When Kilmeade slammed the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 for not presenting Trump’s side of the matter, Fink lit into him:
“I don’t agree with Mr. Kilmeade that Roger Stone was not a Trump insider. He absolutely was throughout the administration. And his calls for violence put those closer and closer to the president, so I think the substance of the issue is more important than the structure of how it was released.”
Kilmeade interjected to insist it he would “never” defend Trump’s combative speech on Jan. 6, adding:
“But I will say this. They are looking to tell one side of a story. Can you imagine if the impeachment after the Ukraine call was just what Democrats wanted to get out? It didn’t mean what they were saying was inaccurate but there was no pushback from [Doug Collins] and others to say, listen, there’s another side.”
Fink immediately fact-checked Kilmeade:
“Brian is not defending Roger Stone for a reason. No one is defending Roger Stone. And no one is defending President Trump on the airwaves. And I think that’s why you don’t see the other side presented is because Republicans are running away from this.”
“There would be.”
Once again, Fink had the perfect comeback:
“Where are the people that are defending Trump? Why are you the only one, Brian? I mean, I think there’s a reason.”
Flustered and angry, Kilmeade could only retort:
“I’m not — I’m not defending Trump.”
Fink ended the debate by noting:
“Jan. 6 is challenging. It’s a dark day in American history and it’s one that we cannot repeat. And so to say that there’s two sides to Jan. 6, I think, is missing the point.”
Democrats did not attack the Capitol. Trump supporters did. Democrats did not call for the 2020 election to be overturned so Trump could remain in office, but some Republicans (i.e. Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley) most certainly did.
If Trump wants to tell his side of the story, why doesn’t he agree to testify under oath to the Jan. 6 committee? Probably because he’s terrified of them finding out just how intimately he was involved.
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