A Fox News host has debunked false claims made by Donald Trump about widespread voter fraud in an interview the president had given to the network just hours earlier.
President Trump on Sunday morning gave his first interview since the election to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, repeating baseless claims that Joe Biden's victory in the election was the result of "the greatest fraud in the history of our country from an electoral standpoint."
Fox News host Eric Shawn, who presented a show on Sunday afternoon, addressed the claims directly and said that there was no evidence for President Trump's allegations.
Shawn told viewers: "He doubled down on his claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, even though local and national election officials, as well as federal and state courts in multiple states — and in some cases the Trump campaign's own lawyers — have said there is no evidence to prove that."
"Experts say such claims are unsupported falsehoods that are not backed up by any facts," Shawn added.
Trump has repeatedly claimed without evidence that he lost the election because of widespread voter fraud in the contest. His campaign has filed 22 lawsuits to challenge outcomes in key battleground states but they have all been unsuccessful.
Shawn, who was joined in debunking the claims by Axios political reporter Hans Nichols, said that: "It seems that we have a president who, he can't wrap his brain or mind around the fact, he can't process the fact that someone who he thinks is so inferior to him won the election."
Watch Fox News host dismantle Trump's voter fraud claims
—Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 30, 2020
Trump has been a frequent guest on Fox News and many of its most prominent opinion hosts including Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson remain supportive of the president's agenda.
But the president has repeatedly criticised Fox during his term in office when he has perceived coverage to be overly critical of him. He was reportedly incensed on election night when the network called Arizona for Joe Biden, and on Saturday he called daytime programming on Fox News "virtually unwatchable."
Earlier in November he appeared to call himself the "Golden Goose" of Fox News and said they were their coverage was the "biggest difference" between the outcomes of the 2016 and 2020 elections.
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2020
Rudy Giuliani, the lawyer who is leading Trump's legal efforts to challenge the election result, claimed without evidence that the Fox's decision had suppressed the vote.
"Just think of that, the impact of Fox calling Arizona for Biden when CNN didn't, and then making a big deal out of it. I think they [the Democrats] were playing trumpets," Guiliani said in a YouTube video published in November.