When RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said Donald Trump 'never shies away from a debate' she got instantly factchecked by 'Fox and Friends' host Brian Kilmeade.
In a fascinating GOP narrative plot twist, the Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair was factchecked about former Republican President Donald Trump's debate attendance history by a Fox News host .
On Wednesday's Fox and Friends program, Fox host Steve Doocy asked RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to elaborate on whether or not Trump was participating in the GOP primary debates following the announcement of his bid to run again in 2024.
"I saw yesterday that Donald Trump on Truth Social said 'I see that everybody is talking about the Republican debates but nobody got my approval or the approval of the Trump campaign before announcing them.'"
He continued quoting Trump.
"When you are leading by seemingly insurmountable numbers and networks and MAGA-hating networks, why subject yourself to being libeled and abused?"
Here is a screenshot of Trump’s statement shared on Twitter by @RonFilipkowski.
Doocy asked McDaniel if she had spoken to Trump and pondered about the former President:
"Is he in or is this just what he does?"
"He did this in 2016."
To which McDaniel stated:
“I talk to President Trump all the time.”
"We have talked to all the potential candidates. We have let them know the schedule."
"We announced the debates. First debate is with Fox in Milwaukee."
She then said she believed Trump will participate as he:
"Never shies away from a debate."
\u201cRONNA McDANIEL: President Trump never shies away from a debate\n\nBRIAN KILMEADE: Yes he does. He skipped ours in 2016.\n\nMcDANIEL: He did. He skipped one.\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1682512493
But host Brian Kilmeade chimed in with:
"He does! He skipped ours. He skipped ours in 2016.”
As Kilmeade pointed out, Trump skipped the final GOP presidential debate hosted by Fox News before the Iowa caucuses–likely due to his ongoing beef with Fox host Megyn Kelly at the time.
McDaniel was visibly taken aback after being factchecked on the spot.
She conceded with:
"He did, he skipped one."
But she immediately scrambled to continue portraying Trump as a driven candidate.
She said through gritted teeth:
"But, you know, he was on the center of the debate stage of 2016 and never left it."
“It’s going to be a rollercoaster till August.”
You can view the entire segment that went off the rails here.
Twitter chirped about what unfolded during Wednesday's program.
\u201c@atrupar \u201cNever\u201d is an alternate fact term.\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1682512493
\u201c@atrupar Love it when he calls her out! She went from "Never" to "just once." Every news anchor or reporter needs to do this when they lie or provide "misinformation."\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1682512493
\u201c@atrupar So to recap, he never shies away from a debate, except for when he does, but other than when he does he never does.\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1682512493
\u201cLiars lie so often on @foxandfriends it's unusual to see a lying liar like @GOPChairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel get called out for a lie live on @FoxNews\u201d— Bad Fox Graphics (@Bad Fox Graphics) 1682518804
\u201c@atrupar The lying is so habitual they forget not to do it when they freely admit they faked something.\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1682512493
\u201cRnc chairwoman referencing Trump 2016: \u201cHe was in the center of the debate stage and he never left it\u201d \n\nWhy is the party chair doing Trump So Strong hagiography for a guy that members of her own party voted to bar from running for office again?\u201d— Tim Miller (@Tim Miller) 1682517146
\u201c@atrupar Ronna's clearly pandering to the MAGA base that's literally been untethered from reality since the advent of social media.\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1682512493
\u201c@atrupar I\u2019m so glad they kept Ronna, she\u2019s terrible at this\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1682512493
\u201c@atrupar @NotHoodlum Ronna McLiar, do they understand we have receipts.\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1682512493
\u201c@atrupar This week just keeps getting better. And it's strange when Kilmeade turns off his partisan blinders.\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1682512493
An RNC chair being called out for alternative facts by Fox during a live broadcast was a twist nobody saw coming.
But we're here for it.