In the wake of a contested presidential election, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has pursued numerous avenues in an attempt to expose alleged cases of voter fraud or irregularities.
When attorney Sidney Powell advanced bold claims involving rigged voting machines, however, even Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson is insisting to see some evidence, as reported by the Daily Wire.
“Greatest crime in American history”
During a segment of his program on Thursday evening, Carlson said that Powell had refused to provide any such proof of those claims despite repeated requests.
His remarks came after a lengthy news conference earlier in the day during which Powell spoke at length about an alleged plot involving foreign entities acting in coordination with Democrats to rig machines made by Dominion Voting Systems as well as Smartmatic software.
The supposed fraud was reportedly designed to “flip” a certain number of votes for Donald Trump to votes for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
While Carlson briefly reviewed those earlier claims and noted that Powell had made similar allegations in the past, the host explained that his show reached out days earlier to request that Powell appear on-air to discuss her findings.
If true, he acknowledged that the plot would be “the single greatest crime in American history.”
“We know you care”
Without substantial evidence on which to hang her claims, however, Carlson resigned to question the entire basis of Powell’s accusations.
“But she never sent us any evidence despite a lot of requests, polite requests — not a page,” he said, according to the Daily Caller. “When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her. When we checked with others around the Trump campaign, people in positions of authority, they told us Powell has never given them any evidence either, nor did she provided any today at the press conference.”
Carlson concluded that he was sharing the information primarily “because it’s true,” reiterating his belief that the truth is “our only hope” and “our best defense,” regardless of partisanship or ideology.
“And it’s how we’re different from them,” he said. “We care what’s true and we know you care, too. That’s why we told you.”
For her part, Powell issued a terse response later in the evening. “Apparently Mr. Carlson missed the news conference today,” she said, according to the Washington Examiner. “I would continue to encourage him and all journalists to review all the materials we have provided so far and conduct their own investigations. Evidence continues to pour in, but a 5-minute television hit is not my focus now. Collecting evidence and preparing the case are my top priorities.”