Fox News analysts raised a few eyebrows this week by calling the state of Arizona for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
In a statement on Thursday, the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump maintained that the man behind the network’s decision desk is a longtime Democrat, as reported by the Daily Caller.
“Put his finger on the scale”
The statement specifically called out Aaron Mishkin as an influencing factor in the often pro-Trump network’s determination.
“Why would Mishkin put his finger on the scale for Joe Biden before so many votes are counted?” the campaign asked.
Even as votes were still being tallied in Arizona, the Trump team ventured a guess regarding why Fox News — and its decision desk — would be so quick to announce that the Democrat had secured the state’s electoral votes.
“Mishkin is a registered Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, worked as a Democrat political consultant, and has a long record of donating to Democrats, including the 2008 Obama-Biden campaign,” the campaign continued.
At the time of Fox News Channel’s prediction, hundreds of thousands of votes had yet to be counted. Furthermore, the network made its call before a number of states that seemed to be clearly leaning toward the president’s win column.
“Deliberately called Arizona early”
As of Friday, several news outlets had still refrained from calling Arizona as a win for Biden. Along with several other critical swing states, its electoral votes remained up for grabs based on the outcome of the completed vote count.
Upon the release of the latest campaign statement, it became clear who was behind the Arizona call, which network personality Sean Hannity even called “premature.”
In an attempt to fill in any remaining blanks, Breitbart’s John Nolte wrote on Thursday: “There is no question that Mishkin and Fox News deliberately called Arizona early on Tuesday in a deliberate attempt to rig a close presidential election where who was perceived to be the winner would be very important going forward.”
As counting continued in the state’s most populous county on Thursday, Trump received a whopping 55.6% of the votes compared to Biden’s 41.7%, meaning the president was just shy of the pace he would need to overtake his rival.
Given all of the evidence that came to light after Fox News went through with its call, critics now have more reason to agree with Hannity’s assertion that the move was “premature.”