What Dobbs failed to mention was that President Trump’s re-election campaign had released a statement eight days earlier that Powell was stripped of his legal efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. The statement, released by Trump attorneys Rudolph W. Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, followed conspiratorial comments Powell made at a press conference three days earlier. This was part of a larger track record of questionable allegations made by the former federal prosecutor’s office. A Trump campaign official at the time told the Washington Post that Powell “was too crazy even for the president”.
However, Powell’s lack of official credentials in the Trump campaign was not a disadvantage for the most popular opinion leaders on Fox Business Network and Fox News. In addition to her appearance on Dobbs’ show, she was interviewed Monday night by Sean Hannity, who hosts the most watched show on Fox News. Hannity also hosted Powell on his radio show earlier in the day.
In both Fox Business and Fox News, Powell alleged mass fraud and misconduct by the companies that managed voting machines and the states that tabulated the results and monitored the counting process. (Representatives of the network did not respond to the Post’s request for comment on the accuracy of their comments.)
“The system was set up to shave and flip different voices in different states,” Powell said Monday night on Fox Business. “It really is the most massive, historic, outrageous scam the world has ever seen.” Dobbs, who did not ask questions or asked Powell for evidence, suggested prosecuting the Republican governor and the Georgia Secretary of State.
“There was a whole conspiracy going on and a lot of people were involved,” Powell told Hannity, who, unlike Dobbs, acknowledged that Powell was no longer officially part of the Trump team.
Hannity did not challenge Powell when she claimed, without evidence, that voting machines “ran an algorithm that shaved Trump’s votes and gave them to Biden,” that companies “used machines to discard large amounts of votes that President Trump had “And that” they used the machine to inject and add huge votes for Mr. Biden. “
The companies involved, including Dominion Voting Systems, have denied the allegations, and Attorney General William P. Barr appeared to put Powell’s theory down in an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday. “There was one claim that would constitute systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were essentially programmed to skew election results,” he said. “And the [Department of Homeland Secretary] and [Department of Justice] I’ve looked into it and so far we haven’t seen anything to support it. “
Powell Dobbs said in an interview with Fox Business last week that Trump was “elected in an absolute landslide nationwide” – despite the fact that the non-partisan Fox News Decision Desk declared Biden the mainstream presidential winner on November 7, the same day as the other News organizations.
Powell has not appeared on any of the network’s medium news programs since the election was scheduled, despite appearing regularly on Dobbs’ show and other opinion shows on the networks.
Powell’s warm welcome from Dobbs, Hannity and Bartiromo is in stark contrast to the comments made by their colleague Tucker Carlson, who called Powell on November 19 for failing to provide his show with evidence of their election fraud claims. “We invited Sidney Powell on the show,” said Carlson. “We would have given her the whole lesson. We would have given her the whole week and listened quietly the whole time with eager attention. It’s a big story. But she didn’t send us any evidence despite many requests – polite requests. No page. When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her. “
Powell appeared on Bartiromo’s Fox Business Show the morning after Carlson’s first segment and denied his characterizing her reaction. “No, I didn’t get angry when asked to provide evidence,” she said. “In fact, I sent Tucker an affidavit that I hadn’t even included in a plea to help him understand the situation, and I offered him another witness who could explain the math and statistical evidence far better if I. I’m not really a numbers person. But he was very abusive, demanding, and rude, and I told him not to contact me again on those terms. “
On November 28, Powell tweeted the President’s criticism of Fox’s weekday and weekend news operations, which he described as “virtually unobservable”. On November 22nd, she retweeted a post by conservative attorney Lin Wood who wrote, “Fox News is now part of the propaganda arm of the Left / Communists who believe they will overthrow our Constitution.” (At the same time, Powell has given interviews with Fox’s rivals, including Newsmax and Sinclair Broadcast Group.)
Powell has also retweeted several videos where prominent Conservatives criticized Carlson’s comments on her. “@TuckerCarlson, you are not real in how you presented yourself to @ SidneyPowell1,” Flynn wrote on Nov. 20. “Why are you acting like a ‘Bell Ringer’ and not like a true journalist?”