NEW YORK (AP) – ABC, CBS and NBC all parted from President Donald Trump on Thursday after they asked the White House to make a baseless accusation that the presidential election was being stolen from them.
Trump had tried to command the nation’s airwaves at a time when evening news broadcasts are shown in Coast to Coast, a day after the slow counting of drips revealed his declining leadership in Pennsylvania and Georgia.
Brian Williams of MSNBC also interrupted the president. Fox News Channel and CNN aired the president’s full address, after which CNN’s Anderson Cooper stated that Trump was “like a fat turtle on his back, drifting in the hot sun, realizing his time.”
Network celebrities sharply criticized Trump after his furious, mid-night speech after Election Day, but aired that point entirely. Trump was more subdued on Thursday, yet offered a litany of complaints about “repression” elections, mail-in voting and fraud that he never specified.
NBC’s Lester Holt said, “We have to hinder here, because the president has made many inaccurate statements, including the notion that there was fake voting.” “There is no evidence of this.”
CBS ‘Nora O’Donnell asked reporter Nancy Cordes to investigate Trump’s claim that if a “legal vote” was counted, he would easily win the election. Cordes said there is no indication of the number of illegal votes cast, and added that Trump’s reference to late-arriving votes was “another lie.”
MSNBC cut Brian Williams from Trump.
“Here we are again in the unusual position of not only obstructing the President of the United States but correcting the President of the United States,” he said. “There is no illegal vote we know, no Trump victory we know.”
After ABC ended its coverage, the network’s White House correspondent, Jonathan Karl, also said there was no evidence of illegal votes.
Carl said, “What he’s getting frustrated with … is the time it takes to count votes.” “Counting of votes always takes time. But especially in this election. “
While CNN put Trump in the air, a Chiron displayed below him said, “Without any evidence, Trump says he is being cheated.”
Anchor Jake Topper looked exhausted when he finished.
He said, “It is a sad night for the United States to hear its President say that, by falsely accusing people of trying to steal elections, he tried to attack democracy that way with a feast of lies.” Has gone, “he said. “Lying after lies. Pathetic. “
CNN analysts David Axelrod and Van Jones both said they were angered by Tito’s attacks on authorities in Detroit and Philadelphia, suggesting they amounted to racism.
On Fox News Channel, commentators Bill Bennett and Byron York said that just because Trump has not accused specific instances of irregularities does not mean that none has happened. But the president and his lawyers need to present evidence, he said.
“What we saw tonight is a president who believes that at the end of the day, when all the votes are counted, the election is not going his way, so he’s an alternative route to maintain the White House Fox’s White House correspondent John Roberts said.
The New York Post, a prominent Trump media aide, headlined a story on the speech, “Donald Trump makes baseless election fraud claims at White House address.”
CBS News’ John Dickerson said that Trump’s speech “felt like a profane text in a way.”
The third day of election coverage on the network was like a high school math class, filled with numbers such as MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki and CNN’s John King, explaining the complexities of the votes.
Biden tried to garner the crucial 270 electoral votes for any presidential opportunity led by Trump, unlike any math class as it was toward a major end.
Associated Press writer Lynn Elber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.