Bartiromo Keeps Up Trumpy Lie: Dems Dressed Up In MAGA Gear And Attacked Congress!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Host Maria Bartiromo as New York Stock Exchange President Stacey Cunningham visits "Maria Bartiromo's Wall Street" at Fox Business Network Studios on November 22... NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Host Maria Bartiromo as New York Stock Exchange President Stacey Cunningham visits "Maria Bartiromo's Wall Street" at Fox Business Network Studios on November 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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The Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo will reportedly soon be getting a chance to audition for a primetime Fox News slot. And based on her performance Monday morning, telling fantasyland stories about the mob that attacked the Capitol may just be part of the job. 

On “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo” Monday, Bartiromo mentioned a recent report of an FBI warning that adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory may try to disguise themselves as National Guard troops for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. 

Then Bartiromo offered her own aside: “…the way Democrats infiltrated two weeks ago and put on MAGA clothing.” 

If Bartiromo was referring to specific Democrats donning red hats, it wasn’t clear who she was talking about: a Fox News spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment. 

But the theory that liberals or “antifa” infiltrated the crowd or otherwise acted as provocateurs has been floated since the early hours after the attack began. 

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) read the conspiracy theory into the congressional record on the night of Jan. 6, citing a Washington Times article that in turn cited “a retired military officer” who, in turn, cited the facial recognition company XR Vision.

It didn’t take long for the story to fall apart. XR Vision demanded a retraction from the Times, calling the story “outright false, misleading, and defamatory.” The article is now updated with an apology to the company. 

Even one of the rioters initially falsely identified as antifa was mad: “Let ’em say what they will,” Alabama man Will Watson griped in a Snapchat message picked up by prosecutors and local media. “The fake news won’t win against the thousands of patriots who recorded today.”

But the facts on the ground haven’t dissuaded the theory’s champions.

Prominent Republicans like Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Rudy Giuliani, who both spoke the morning of the riot, have embraced the antifa hoax line. Both men, it so happens, spoke openly of violence that morning before the President took the stage: Brooks said “today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass!” Giuliani, shortly after, demanded “trial by combat!” over election fraud claims. 

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  1. Any shred of “journalistic integrity” that she might have had has now been shredded.
    Garbage. Total garbage. Goddamn liar.

  2. We need to get back some Constitutional version of the Fairness Doctrine. Bartiromo is worthy of snark, but we are going to have generations of people dramatically ill-informed with this Murdoch pack of lies.

  3. The first effort would be to prohibit these lying scumbags from using the word “News” in their name. Fox Network, Fox Corp, Fox Broadcasting or just Fox is fine, but Fox News is anything but, and lends an undeserved veneer of credibility to a network made up primarily of Republican disinformation.

  4. I believe the FBI is batting 1.000 when arresting MAGATs for their part in the insurrection.

    Bartiromo needs to get on the couch at Fox & Friends and ditch that business channel.

  5. Only the trumpiest of Trumpers will believe this lie, and that means most of them.

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