- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 7, 2021

“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade slammed President Trump Thursday for “terrible” behavior since his election loss to President-elect Joseph R. Biden, saying Wednesday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol proves the Republican president has gone too far.

“I mean, let’s be honest,” said Mr. Kilmeade, who has been a vocal defender of Mr. Trump since his election. “Since November 3rd, or when we got the verdict by November 5th, the president’s behavior has been terrible. It has cost him two Senate seats, we know that for sure; It cost him his party the majority in the Senate. We know that for certain.

“We can also say this about the president of the United States,” he continued. “He obviously believes with every fiber of his being that he won this election. The problem is his legal team hasn’t had any success at all proving that, which is why Richard Nixon of the 1960s folded his tent, why Al Gore made a speech and said ‘even though I think I won, it’s time for a peaceful transition of power.’

“The president didn’t do that,” he added. “Instead, at 12:00, when he was supposed to speak at 11, he gives his speech, at which time he said, ‘March over there at 1:30.’ Now it’s true: His people do not have a track record of violence, absolutely true. Well, that track record broke. And even if it was infiltrated by people who don’t like him, it doesn’t matter. When you send 50, 60, 70, 80,000 people to the Capitol, which is guarded by a handful of cops and 150 national guards, guess what? They’re going to get in.”

Mr. Kilmeade went on to argue that Mr. Trump was “justifiably” suspended from Twitter and Facebook after the president’s supporters, who falsely believe he won the election, stormed the Capitol building and temporarily halted a joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes.

As Wednesday’s chaos unfolded at the Capitol, Mr. Trump tweeted: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & peace. Remember this day forever!”

In a video shortly before the tweet, Mr. Trump told his supporters, “It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now.”

Mr. Trump was widely accused of adding fuel to fire during the chaos that led to the shooting death of one woman, three medical emergency deaths and the arrests of 52 people Wednesday.

Mr. Biden issued a video addressing the nation just before Mr. Trump, saying “This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition, and it must end now. I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward.”

Mr. Kilmeade said Thursday that the president-elect’s comments were “perfect and have been very strong since he won the election.”

“To put up a Trump flag and take down the American flag is not patriotic. One of the worst things I’ve ever seen,” he said of the chaos. “And when you’ve lost Lindsey Graham, who has stood by and talked to the president, understood in the best [way] possible. When you lose all these people, when Tom Cotton says it’s time for you to concede, I think that you’ve gone over the top.”

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