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Fox Host Falsely Claims That ‘Many’ Illegal Immigrants Voted In Midterms And Had ‘Immense Impact’


Fox Host Falsely Claims That ‘Many’ Illegal Immigrants Voted In Midterms And Had ‘Immense Impact’

Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs on Thursday claimed, without evidence, that “many” illegal immigrants voted in the midterm elections last week and it had an “immense impact” on the results.

“You know, millions of illegal immigrants cross our borders, and many of them [were] voting in the past election that’s what, just a couple weeks ago, and having an immense impact,” Dobbs claimed.

Dobbs later asked guest David N. Bossie, a former deputy Trump campaign manager, “Are we just sitting here, helpless against anyone who wants to cross that border, and to have their way with the American way?”

The Washington Post notes that since the election on Nov. 6, “no evidence has emerged suggesting results were tainted by illegal votes, from illegal immigrants or anyone else.”

According to NPR, Dobbs last month invoked the word “invasion” dozens of times on his program when talking about the migrant caravan making its way toward the U.S. border.

As the Post notes:

Before joining Fox Business Network, Dobbs built his career at CNN by blaming illegal immigrants for everything from deadly disease to a significant portion of the nation’s crime. His take on border security once led the New Yorker’s satirist Andy Borowitz to jokingly write that former president George W. Bush, “in his toughest stand yet against illegal immigration,” sent Dobbs to the border to fend off border crossers in lieu of 10,000 troops from the National Guard.

While at CNN, Dobbs said an “army of invaders” from Mexico was crossing the border illegally as part of a plan to “take over” the southwestern United States. He has misleadingly said undocumented immigrants comprise one-third of the federal prison population. And perhaps most notoriously, Dobbs said in 2005 that an “invasion of illegal aliens is threatening the health of many Americans,” before turning to a report wrongly finding that, despite there being only 900 cases of leprosy in the last 40 years, there had been “7,000 in the past three years.”

“Incredible,” Dobbs said. In fact, there had been 7,000 leprosy cases in the last 30 years. When Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” confronted him about the assertion two years later, telling him there appeared to be no evidence to support the claim, Dobbs stood his ground. “Well, I can tell you this,” he said. “If we reported it, it’s a fact.”

In October, Fox Business Network  pulled an episode of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” in which the host’s guest, Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch, said the migrant caravan was being funded by the George “Soros-occupied State Department.” Fox Business “condemn[ed] the rhetoric” in a statement.


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