Texts Show Fox News Hosts Urged Meadows to Have Trump Stop Jan. 6 Violence

Three Fox News hosts who have been among Donald Trump’s most ardent media boosters were so horrified by the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol that they begged the then-president’s chief of staff to convince him to intercede, according to newly aired messages from that day.

“Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home,” Fox News prime-time star Laura Ingraham texted Mark Meadows. “This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.”

The text messages were read aloud by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) during a Monday night hearing of the House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6, which voted to hold Meadows in criminal contempt for defying a subpoena to appear before the committee.

“According to the records, multiple Fox News hosts knew the president needed to act immediately,” Cheney said. “They texted Mark Meadows, and he has turned over those texts.”

Ingraham, as well her colleagues Sean Hannity and Brian Kilmeade, urged Meadows to implore Trump to take the riot seriously and to work to protect his accomplishments as president.

Kilmeade, who co-hosts the morning show “Fox & Friends,” urged Meadows in a text message to “please get him on TV.” He said that the riot was “destroying everything you have accomplished.”

Hannity asked Meadows if Trump could “make a statement” and “ask people to leave the Capitol.”

The texts, which were among thousands of pages of messages and documents that Meadows turned over to the committee before deciding not to cooperate further, demonstrate a high level of alarm about the events of that day among Fox’s top opinion hosts, two of them fretting about the long-term impact on Trump’s reputation.

(Excerpt) Read more in: The Washington Post

Texts Show Fox News Hosts Urged Meadows to Have Trump Stop Jan. 6 Violence

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