MSNBC stopped airing Trump false victory speech after 35 seconds — calling it 'dangerous' — while other networks aired all 15 minutes of it
- In a White House speech on Thursday, President Donald Trump falsely claimed he was leading the election and made false allegations that the Democrats were stealing the election through "illegal" votes.
- Though the speech lasted 15 minutes, MSNBC cut it off after just 35 seconds.
- Explaining why the network made the decision later in the broadcast, anchor Brian Williams said the president's speech was not "rooted in reality" and was "dangerous."
- Other networks like Fox News and CNN aired the speech in full, according to USA Today.
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As President Donald Trump falsely claimed victory in the 2020 election and made unsubstantiated allegations about election fraud on Thursday night, MSNBC quickly stopped airing after 35 seconds, calling his remarks "dangerous."
In the speech, Trump baselessly accused Democrats of trying to "steal" the election with "illegal votes," and repeated a lie that he had an early lead in some states before it got "whittled away in secret."
"I've already decisively won several critical states including massive victories in Florida, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio," Trump claimed early on in the speech, apparently ignoring Biden's flipping of Michigan and Wisconsin, and lead in Nevada and Arizona.
It was at that point that MSNBC interrupted the speech, with anchor Brian Williams coming on to talk about the president's claims with the network's chief legal correspondent, Ari Melber.
Watch the moment here:
"OK, here were are again in the unusual position of not only interrupting the president of the United States, but correcting the president of the United States," Williams said.
"There are no illegal votes that we know of, there has been no Trump victory that we know of," he added.
Later in the broadcast, Williams explained why the network decided not to air Trump's speech in full, saying it "was not done as a stunt or out of theatrics, we just can't have it," according to The Daily Beast.
"It's not rooted in reality. And at this point where our country is, it's dangerous."
Fox News and CNN aired Trump's speech in full, according to USA Today. Other networks like CBS, NBC, and ABC News also cut short their broadcast of the speech, but showed more of it than MSNBC.
Fox News did not appear to immediately fact check the speech, but later published a report on the speech drawing "criticism from some Republicans."
CNN published a fact-check of the president's remarks shortly after they were delivered, calling it "the most dishonest speech of his presidency." The network also broadcast its anchors calling the speech "dangerous" and "nonsensical," and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum even went on air to say the speech was "very disappointing and shocking."
MSNBC reporter Nicolle Wallace told The Daily Beast that she was proud of her network for the decision not to air the full speech, saying it was "one of the more dangerous acts" Trump has committed as president.
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