MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell concedes his ads will air again on Fox News next week, following a feud over his election-fraud symposium, says report

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MyPillow CEO Michael Lindell laughs during a press conference in Des Moines, on February 3, 2020.

  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell pulled all ads from Fox News after they refused to advertise his election-fraud symposium.
  • Lindell told The Wall Street Journal his ads would air on Fox again starting next week.
  • MyPillow lost roughly $1 million a week in sales after they stopped advertising on Fox News, Lindell said.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said that his ads would return to Fox News next week after he angrily removed them in July, according to The Wall Street Journal.

One of Fox News’ biggest sponsors, Lindell, had removed the ads amid a spat with the network over its refusal to air a commercial advertising a symposium that he said would prove his voter-fraud claims involving the 2020 election.

According to reports, Lindell had then attempted to mend the relationship with Fox, but all of the commercials he pitched were rejected.

Lindell and Fox now seem to have reached a compromise, according to The Wall Street Journal, and Lindell will air nonpolitical ads on the channel again.

Lindell told The Wall Street Journal that he expected his ads to start again on “Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.”

A spokeswoman for Fox News told the outlet that Lindell had submitted nonpolitical ads but that the network was waiting for MyPillow to provide a budget for the campaign.

The Wall Street Journal viewed draft versions of the ads and said they did not mention election fraud and instead talked about how “cancel culture” has affected Lindell and MyPillow.

Lindell told the outlet that he believed the ad would get his message across, even though it didn’t specifically mention election fraud.

“I think I’m so branded in that, that you don’t have to sit there and say, ‘You know, say the words,'” Lindell told The Wall Street Journal.

The resumption of ads marks the re-establishment of a lucrative relationship for both parties.

Lindell spent nearly $50 million on Fox News last year, and as of July had spent $19 million this year, The Wall Street Journal reported.

After he pulled the ads from Fox News, Lindell told the outlet that MyPillow suffered financially and had lost approximately $1 million a week in sales.

Lindell is an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump and has continually promoted widely disproved conspiracy theories about the 2020 election being fraudulent.

Both Lindell and Fox News face separate lawsuits from election technology companies Dominion and Smartmatic over false claims about the election.

Fox News has moved to dismiss the lawsuits against them and has since tried to distance itself from claims of voter fraud.

Insider approached Fox News for comment.

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Tucker Carlson baselessly claims the US military is purging ‘sincere Christians’ and ‘men with high testosterone levels’ by requiring vaccines

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson

  • Fox News host Tucker Carlson went on a rant about the military’s vaccine mandate on Monday night.
  • He claimed the mandate is a purge on “sincere Christians” and “men with high testosterone levels.”
  • COVID-19 vaccines are the 18th immunization mandated by the Department of Defense.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson made his strongest anti-vaccine false claim to date on Monday night.

Similar to other monologues from the opinion host where he’s trashed top US military leaders, Carlson alleged a baseless conspiracy behind the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate – only the latest approved shot in its longstanding vaccination requirement.

“The point of mandatory vaccination is to identify the sincere Christians in the ranks, the free thinkers, the men with high testosterone levels, and anyone else who doesn’t love Joe Biden and make them leave immediately,” Carlson said. “It’s a takeover of the U.S. military.”

Carlson did not present any evidence to back up his claims on testosterone levels, nor did he offer a working definition for “sincere Christians” and what that has to do with vaccines.

“There is zero scientific basis for any of this,” Carlson said at another point. “The fighting strength of the military is young healthy people, virtually all of them at extremely low risk of dying from COVID.”

As Insider’s Aylin Woodward reported in August, the vaccines have been proven to be effective against the Delta variant.

Fox News did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

These coronavirus vaccines are the 18th to be mandated by the Defense Department, depending on regional assignments. Active-duty troops already must have up to date immunizations for shots like chickenpox, MMR, and Tdap.

Military vaccinations in the US date back to the Revolutionary War, when General George Washington mandated troops get vaccinated for smallpox. The close quarters and stress of combat conditions historically made disease one of the greatest threats to troops, and contributed to the necessity of vaccinations.

Immunization jabs are a routine part of pre-deployment medical screenings to ensure a soldier has all the required vaccinations, as well as any region specific requirements like Japanese encephalitis for those headed to Japan and Korea.

Anthrax requires five shots to adequately protect against the bacteria that could be used as a bioweapon.

A service member who refused a vaccination – and can’t produce a record of having already received it – won’t be allowed to deploy and is likely to face discipline for that refusal, including being kicked out.

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Fox Nation host Lara Logan accuses media watchdog group of ‘feeding off the blood of decent people’ while distancing herself from a QAnon influencer’s claim that she’s moderating his conference

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‘QAnon John’ takes a selfie with another Trump supporter at the president’s rally in Middletown, PA.

  • “Fox Nation” host Lara Logan denied a QAnon influencer’s claim that she would speak at his conference.
  • Logan attacked the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for sharing the clip of the influencer.
  • Logan went on to claim that Media Matters and others “feed off the blood of decent people.”
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Conservative commentator and “Fox Nation” host Lara Logan attacked a progressive media watchdog group for sharing a clip of a QAnon influencer claiming that Logan and her husband had agreed to speak at his QAnon conference in Las Vegas next month.

John Sabal, a Trump loyalist and prominent QAnon conspiracy theorist who goes by “QAnon John,” announced on a video chat that Logan agreed to be a moderator at his upcoming multi-day QAnon event, called the “For God & Country Patriot Double Down.” Sabal said Logan’s husband, former defense contractor Joseph Burkett, would likely appear on the event’s “Afghanistan panel.”

“This is a big deal, guys, this is gonna bring a lot of credibility to what we’re doing,” Sabal said. “She has agreed to moderate our panels, which is fantastic … It’s going to bring a lot of mainstream attention to the event.”

But after a researcher at watchdog group Media Matters for America shared a clip of Sabal’s announcement, Logan denied his claims and attacked Media Matters in a series of tweets.

“This is funny – there’s nothing these people won’t do to silence the truth & defame/discredit journalists!” Logan tweeted. “These tired old narratives are truly pathetic. I guess my reporting is really hurting if you are scraping the bottom of the Q-Anon conspiracy barrel…try harder boys!”

Logan went on to claim that Media Matters and other progressives “feed off the blood of decent people.”

“These are the worst people in America, funded by millions – they feed off the blood of decent people to destroy/silence/torture if you’re in the way of their agenda, incld their own side,” she tweeted.

Logan claimed that Media Matters had shared the clip of Sabal in an effort to “defame/discredit me by falsely tying me to Q-Anon which is 100 percent unfounded/untrue.”

She added, “This is designed to ruin my life/career etc – make me untouchable – sound familiar? We have seen this so many times. No more!”

Central to the QAnon conspiracy theory is the baseless claim that satanic Democrats and Hollywood pedophiles torture and suck the blood of children.

When Insider contacted Sabal by phone on Monday, he hung up before answering any questions.

A Fox News spokeswoman declined to comment on the record, but pointed Insider to their previously-reported denial of Logan’s involvement with the conference.

The event is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas from October 22-25 at the Ahern Hotel, which is owned by Don Ahern, a prominent Republican and donor to former President Donald Trump. Tickets range in price from $650 for general admission to $3,000 for a “High Roller VIP All-Weekend Pass,” which includes a meet-and-greet with speakers and access to a VIP section of the “Las Vegas Dinner Show” and a rooftop party.

Michael Flynn, former President Donald Trump’s ex-national security adviser, was originally slated to speak at the events, but his name no longer appears on the list of participants on the event website. The events will feature a slew of right-wing activists, including Flynn’s brother, Joseph Flynn, and both Ron and Jim Watkins, the father-son duo who own and run the imageboard 8kun, which hosts the anonymous user “Q.”

The conference was originally to take place at a Caesars Entertainment venue in Las Vegas, but the company pulled out of the events earlier this month.

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Fox News reporter Peter Doocy says it ‘never feels like I’m getting smacked down’ when Jen Psaki criticizes his questions

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a daily briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House May 4, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy praised White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s professionalism.
  • “It never feels like I’m getting smacked down or vice versa,” Doocy told The New York Times.
  • Psaki and Doocy’s regular, heated briefing room exchanges often make headlines.
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Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy says there’s mutual respect between himself and President Joe Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki.

Doocy complimented Psaki’s professionalism and described their relationship as respectful in a recent New York Times profile of Psaki.

“It never feels like I’m getting smacked down or vice versa,” Doocy told The Times. “I understand why it looks like that, some of the ways that stuff gets clipped, but it doesn’t feel like that in the room.”

Doocy, the 34-year-old son of conservative “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy, pointed to the time when Psaki publicly congratulated him on his wedding when he returned to the White House briefing room.

“When I got back from my wedding, she made a point to tell everybody in the briefing room that I just got married,” he said. “That’s a transcript I can print out and show to my kids one day.”

Psaki has also said her interactions with Doocy are “entirely professional” and that there’s an element of performance in Doocy’s briefing room questions because they’re televised.

“My engagement with him, people don’t always see this, but outside the briefing room, it is entirely professional and entirely, hopefully, responsive,” Psaki told Mediaite last month. “There’s a performative component from the TV side of the briefing room.”

Doocy and Psaki’s praise for each other might come as a surprise to viewers of their briefing room exchanges. The Fox correspondent regularly asks Psaki pointed – and sometimes misleading or disingenuous – questions, which Psaki sometimes condemns. Their back-and-forths often make headlines, with Psaki’s fans celebrating her so-called “Psaki bomb” replies.

In one heated exchange in July, Psaki called Doocy’s question about the administration’s efforts to crack down on misinformation about vaccines “loaded and inaccurate.” Last month, Psaki called Doocy “irresponsible” for claiming that American citizens were “stranded” in Afghanistan.

Psaki, a veteran political operative and top Obama administration communications staffer, has pledged to bring “transparency and truth” back to the briefing room. Since taking her post in January, she’s fostered significantly more respectful relationships with the press than her immediate predecessors did. Still, Biden has been criticized for refusing to take questions from reporters at several of his press conferences and Psaki has said she advises the president not to take impromptu questions from the press.

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is trying to get ads back on Fox News, but the network keeps turning him down, report says

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 10: Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, speaks during a campaign rally held by U.S. President Donald Trump at the Target Center on October 10, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Mike Lindell yanked all his ads from Fox News in July after it wouldn’t run his cyber-symposium ad.
  • Since then, Lindell has pitched at least four commercials to the network, he told The Daily Beast.
  • Fox News keeps rejecting them, despite MyPillow’s prior status as one of the network’s biggest sponsors.
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After angrily pulling all his commercials from Fox News this summer following a spat with the network, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell seems to have changed his tune.

In July, Lindell, who at the time was Fox host Tucker Carlson’s biggest sponsor, said he was yanking his commercials because the network refused to air an ad for his cyber symposium. Lindell was claiming the symposium would prove voter fraud, but after the event occured in August, it was dismissed by cyber experts.

Lindell said he was pulling his ads “immediately and indefinitely,” saying “shame on Fox” for refusing to run the ad for the symposium.

“It’s unfortunate Mr. Lindell has chosen to pause his commercial time on Fox News given the level of success he’s experienced in building his brand through advertising on the number one cable news network,” the network said in a statement to Insider’s Matthew Loh at the time.

But according to a new report from The Daily Beast, the tables have turned, with Fox now turning down Lindell.

Lindell told the outlet he first approached Fox just weeks after cutting ties, in an attempt to mend the advertising relationship and promote his new social media network, FrankSpeech.

He has since pitched at least four commercials to Fox, all of which have been rejected, according to The Daily Beast.

Fox News confirmed to the outlet that as recently as this week, it had rejected two ads from Lindell, though it did not provide reasoning for the decisions.

But Lindell told Insider that Fox doesn’t like the content at FrankSpeech.com.

“Fox is only turning down ads that have frank or frankspeech in the title,” Lindell said in a message.

He told The Daily Beast that at first Fox did not want any mention of the cyber symposium or election fraud, but that commercials he pitched without these factors were also turned down.

“They said I couldn’t mention the words ‘Frank’ or ‘FrankSpeech,'” he told The Daily Beast Thursday. “It was the fastest reply we’ve gotten. But if I removed the words ‘FrankSpeech’ it might have cleared, but it would have just been a MyPillow ad, which I said I’m not doing! Outrageous!”

Lindell has been an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump and a steadfast proponent of conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, even as he faces down lawsuits from election technology companies Dominion and Smartmatic.

Fox News and some of its hosts have also been targeted by the lawsuits over their coverage of the election.

Fox News did not immediately reply to Insider’s request for comment.

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Fox News host Chris Wallace said GOP reps who made false claims about election fraud cannot appear on his Sunday show

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In this Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, moderator Chris Wallace guides the discussion between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas. A tweet posted by the “Fox News Sunday” host making a number of derogatory remarks about President Donald Trump was fabricated. Wallace does not have a Twitter account and “Fox News Sunday” did not tweet the post from its account.

  • Chris Wallace said he has avoided having GOP lawmakers who’ve made false claims about Biden’s victory on his Sunday show.
  • “I have purposefully not had them on, frankly, because I don’t want to hear their crap,” Wallace said.
  • If they do come on the show, Wallace made clear that he intends to hold them accountable.
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Fox News host Chris Wallace said he’s avoided having GOP reps who’ve espoused false claims about election fraud on his Sunday show.

Speaking to Stephen Colbert on an episode of “The Late Show” that aired Wednesday, Wallace said he doesn’t invite on lawmakers who’ve questioned the legitimacy of now President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.

“I have purposefully not had them on, frankly, because I don’t want to hear their crap,” Wallace said.

If they do come on the show, Wallace made clear that he intends to hold them accountable.

“I won’t let them come on without putting them through the wringer,” he told Colbert. That includes pressing the lawmakers on whether they truly believe that Biden is the “duly elected president of the United States,” he said.

Right after Biden won the presidential election in November, then President Donald Trump refused to explicitly acknowledge the victory. In the hours after the race was called for Biden, Trump said the “election is far from over.”

In the months that followed, he doubled down on his rhetoric and sought to overturn the results in state and federal courts across the country. The Trump campaign and the president’s allies have filed, and lost, dozens of lawsuits in multiple battleground states contesting the results. Allegations of voter fraud have been struck down and disproven numerous times since Trump and his lawyers presented their arguments.

Despite no evidence of voter fraud, numerous GOP lawmakers sided with Trump. About 140 House Republicans indicated they’d vote against Biden’s certification in January. Some senators, like Ted Cruz from Texas, also amplified Trump’s baseless claims.

Additionally, Trump supporters adamantly adhered to false claims of voter and election fraud. Hundreds of Trump supporters descended onto the Capitol on January 6, the scheduled day for Congress to certify the results of the presidential election.

The Capitol riot, which began after Trump encouraged his supporters to protest the results of the election, has been characterized as an attempted coup.

The Republicans who’ve egged on these claims have chosen to “say something they know is not true” to avoid losing out on the Trump voter base, Wallace told Colbert. And watching Americans latch on to these ideas during the Capitol riot was horrendous, Wallace said.

“As I’m sitting there and watching it live on television and seeing this mob coming to the cathedral of our democracy and sitting in the chair that the president of the senate sits in and running around the rotunda, I was sickened,” he said.

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Tucker Carlson praised the Chinese government for doing ‘something virtuous’ with its new restrictions on gaming and celebrity fandoms

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses ‘Populism and the Right’ during the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC.

  • Fox News host Tucker Carlson reacted approvingly on his show to several of China’s recent major decisions.
  • He compared its actions on video gaming, real estate investment, and celebrity culture to situations in the US.
  • Carlson said US leadership should stop “bossing us around” and “improve our actual lives.”
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Fox News TV host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday evening praised several of China’s recent nationwide restrictions and said its “totalitarian” government was doing “something virtuous,” while he criticized US leadership.

“When the Chinese government does something virtuous – it doesn’t happen much – well we’re willing to say so,” he said on his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Carlson spoke approvingly of China’s decision in mid-August to stop accepting registrations for private equity funds that are raising money to invest in residential real estate.

“As the Chinese government put it: houses are for living in, not for speculation. That’s a very good point. They may have learned it from watching, say, the state of California,” said Carlson. He noted that the median price of a house in California is $800,000, and said homelessness there is “totally out of control.”

“The Chinese don’t want to copy that model,” he added.

Carlson also gave China points for its recent crusade against online fan culture and celebrity fandoms. China has banned the ranking of celebrities by popularity, said it would regulate fan clubs, and cracked down on some of the country’s biggest idols.

“Can they stop the youth from worshipping celebrities? Probably not, but at least they’re worried about it, and that’s a start,” Carlson said.

Additionally, he compared China’s cut on video game time for under-18 kids to gaming among children in the US, citing a 2020 poll from the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital that found 86% of 963 surveyed parents thought their teens spend too much time on video games.

“What’s interesting is when was the last time you heard one of our political leaders even mention video games or housing market speculation or celebrity worship as a problem?” he said.

“Maybe our government can take just a moment from bossing us around to improve our actual lives for once in a while,” he added.

While Carlson praised China’s intervention into the lives of its citizens, he’s repeatedly railed against the US government’s efforts to encourage people to get vaccinated – something he also mentioned on Wednesday, saying that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “very much is involved in our personal lives.”

In late August, he panned COVID-19 restrictions in New York City, saying that personal freedom was “disappearing” from the country. The month before that, Carlson urged viewers to question the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, contradicting his colleagues at Fox News.

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Cancel culture critic Pete Hegseth backs Florida diner’s ban on Biden voters in Fox News segment

Fox News host Pete Hegseth holds a microphone while partially submerged in a dunk tank while wearing an American flag cowboy hat.
Fox News host Pete Hegseth.

  • Fox News host Pete Hegseth has been a frequent critic of cancel culture.
  • Yet on Wednesday, he said he supports a Florida business denying Biden voters from entering.
  • The Florida diner posted the ban in reaction to Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal.
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Pete Hegseth, a co-host of the weekend edition of “Fox & Friends” who portrays himself as a recurring adversary against cancel culture, on Wednesday endorsed a business turning away customers based on who they voted for.

Appearing on the panel of “Outnumbered,” Hegseth reacted to the DeBary Diner’s lengthy notice telling Biden voters that they are unwelcome in the Sunshine State establishment.

“If you voted for and continue to support and stand behind the worthless, inept and corrupt administration currently inhabiting the White House that is complicit in the death of our servicemen and women in Afghanistan, please take your business elsewhere,” the notice reads.

Although Hegseth has previously railed against similar moves from businesses and other entities, he remarked upon how significant the disclaimer could be in an off-election cycle.

“Yeah it’s a free country, for now,” Hegseth said of the business owner’s decision. “And she’s expressing a sentiment and speaking for a lot of people … And the ballot box feels so far away, and even then, there are a lot of questions about election integrity for a lot of people, and so there’s a lot of dismay, and they don’t know where to turn.

“And ultimately a statement like that is a guttural scream that ‘I love my country, I love the troops who defend it, and I don’t respect those who don’t, and don’t stand by that,'” he continued. “So customers can make a choice, and I actually think this will lead to a lot more business for her than those who turn away.”

However, Hegseth made the exact opposite argument in 2018.

“What does it say about the left that they stand in solidarity with a business that kicks out a paying customer just because of their political position?” Hegseth asked in response to a restaurant turning away then-White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Fox News host Martha MacCallum, who was also filling in on the panel, briefly raised a counterpoint harkening back to the Trump era.

“I did not like it when the Trump administration employees were chased out of restaurants or berated while they were eating,” MacCallum said.

Hegseth grew in prominence over the course of the Trump administration for advocating for pardoning troops accused of war crimes.

A Princeton University graduate, he’s also pushed for more privatization within the Department of Defense. Trump officials considered him for the role of Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs since he’s served tours in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as in Afghanistan and the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Samarra.

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Trump insists he would have stopped the ISIS-K bombing at Kabul airport but kept calling the terror group ‘ISIS-X’

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Former President Donald Trump.

  • ISIS-K took responsibility for the Kabul Airport bombings on 26 August, which killed more than 100 people.
  • Former President Trump says this “would not have happened” if he were president.
  • But repeatedly, Trump calls them ISIS-X – which is just incorrect.
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On 26 August, the packed-out Kabul Airport in Afghanistan was hit by a suicide bombing, killing 185 and injuring over 150.

ISIS-K – a terrorist group that views the Taliban as their enemy – took responsibility for the attack.

Donald Trump said that the attack wouldn’t “would not have happened if I were your president” – but repeatedly called the group by the wrong name, calling them “ISIS-X.”

Speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox News, the former President says: “[The Taliban] have people, as I said, that broke away … because the Taliban wasn’t mean enough and vicious enough. And that’s the new ISIS-X, where they broke away.”

Trump then corrected himself, saying “They’ll have an ISIS-X pretty soon, which is going to be worse than ISIS-K.”

Critics jumped at the chance to mock Trump’s misspeak.

After the attack from ISIS-K on Kabul Airport, Biden swore retaliation on the group.

Amira Jadoon, an assistant professor at the US Military Academy at West Point telling Insider’s John Haltiwanger that ISIS-K “will seek to exploit the current volatility in Afghanistan to launch attacks to increase their own political relevance and sow discord.”

Biden stuck to this word, with a drone strike being carried out against ISIS-K, with the reported planner of the attack being killed, on Friday. Morgan Keith has the full story.

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The White House called on Fox News to apologize after a host blamed Jill Biden for the Afghanistan chaos because she let her husband run for president

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Jill and Joe Biden on the south lawn of the White House.

  • Republicans have slammed Biden for his execution of the US Afghanistan withdrawal, which Trump started.
  • Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy said it was Jill Biden’s fault for letting him run for president.
  • A White House spokesman called on Fox News to apologize.
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The White House slammed Fox News after a host claimed that the first lady Jill Biden was responsible for the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan for allowing her husband to run for president in the first place.

Rachel Campos-Duffy on Sunday sought to pin the blame on Jill Biden for allowing President Joe Biden, whom she described without evidence as “mentally frail,” to run for office.

“When you look at what’s hurting America, when you look at this lack of leadership, and you wonder, who are the people responsible for putting someone this incompetent and frankly this, you know, mentally frail in this position?” the host said.

“I’m sorry, as a political spouse, I can’t help but look at Jill Biden,” said Campos-Duffy, who is the wife of former GOp Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin. “No one knew better his state of mind than Dr. Jill Biden.”

“And if you ask me, the most patriotic thing Jill Biden could have done was tell her husband – to love her husband and not let him run in this mental state that he’s in. I think she failed the country as well.”

Michael LaRosa, a spokesperson for the the first lady, in a tweet hit back at comments, calling them “disgusting.”

“They can do better and their viewers deserve better,” he tweeted, tagging the network and Campos-Duffy. “I hope they’ll apologize to the First Lady and leave this kind of talk in the trashcan where it belongs.”

Fox News did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on LaRosa’s tweet.

Republicans have long said Biden was unfit for office, pointing to his history of verbal slips and gaffes to claim he was cognitively impaired. No medical evidence has emerged to substantiate the claim.

Republicans have in recent days sought to gain political advantage from the situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban swept back into power only weeks after the US withdrew most of its military forces, sparking a humanitarian crisis.

Biden and his advisors have blamed former President Donald Trump for making a deal with the Taliban to pull out troops, and blamed the Afghan forces for lacking the “will” to fight. Trump has supported the troop pullout but, like other conservatives, blamed Biden for the messy execution.

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