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Fox Host Cuts Away From Trump's Border Speech With 2020 Election Reality Check

After Donald Trump veered into complaining about the 2020 election during his Texas border speech, Neil Cavuto cut away with a clarification.

Neil Cavuto; Screenshot of Donald Trump
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Fox News host Neil Cavuto gave former President Donald Trump a blunt reality check after Trump veered into complaining about the 2020 election during a speech on immigration while visiting the border city of Eagle Pass, Texas.

Trump focused on what he termed "migrant crime," a phrase increasingly used by both Trump and Fox News as the upcoming November election draws near.

While Trump did not repeat his false claims of voter fraud during the 2020 election, he alluded to it by stating:

“We were doing a great job. And that’s where it stood, and then we had an election that we ended up getting many millions more votes than we did."
"We did much better in 2020 than we ever even thought about doing in 2016. And very bad things happened and from that moment, it was a whole different ballgame in Texas and all over.”

Cavuto, the host of Fox's Your World, cut away and then fact-checked Trump's assertions, reminding viewers that despite receiving more votes than he had in 2016, Trump still lost the 2020 election:

“We’re continuing to monitor this. Just one slight thing I wanted to add because when you hear it – and you heard from Donald Trump about the 2020 election and he got millions more votes. In fact, he did get millions more votes."
"He still lost that election. That is not in doubt anymore. That’s not being debated anymore.”

You can watch what happened in the video below.

Many appreciated Cavuto's response to Trump's bizarre word salad.

Quite a few pointed out that by having Cavuto clarify this point, Fox News executives are merely saving their own skins after paying $787.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems regarding the network's false claims about rigged voting machines.

Cavuto made headlines last week after he cut away from a Trump campaign rally in South Carolina to clarify that the issue of voter fraud has been "adjudicated many, many times."

In addressing similar claims from Trump about the "rigged" election, Cavuto said that the matter had "been investigated by everyone and his uncle, no fewer than 44 investigations launched, some of them by judges that were picked by Donald Trump himself, that found no evidence of that in the seven battleground states where most of them were focused."

Cavuto—who Trump once said should be fired over a segment featuring a guest who called Trump’s 2016 debate performances “disastrous"— concluded that Trump "lost each and every one of those states, and no facts—or no history that he mentions on the stump right now—will change that.”