Fox and Friends insinuated that the sitting New York Governor promoted an attack against Rep. Lee Zeldin over the weekend, by posting and spoofing his schedule.
Rep. Zeldin joined the three-headed GOP propaganda team earlier today.
Prompted by a NY Post article that claimed Hochul wanted her supporters to “stalk” and incite hatred of her GOP opponent, co-host Ainsley Earhardt jumped in.
"I read Kathy Hochul's tweet, I thought, oh, that's very nice of her. She's the opponent, she's wishing you all the best," Earhardt said.
(Actually Hochul's the incumbent, and Zeldin is the opponent.)
She continued, "And then I read (in the New York Post) she was releasing where your rallies were going to be held, for her supporters to go, and I guess I don't know what she...I hope she's not trying to incite violence." Note that Fox and Friends routinely quotes other Murdoch outlets to pretend they're "researching" with "outside sources."
"What is your reaction to that when she released your schedule?" Ainsley asked.
Zeldin replied, "It became a security issue right away."
Please. This is standard campaigning 101.
He continued, "In one respect, they were spoofing the schedule, but then at the same time they were also gaming emails and whatnot being forwarded to us where the actual dates and times and locations and then with rhetoric added to it to try to stir up the people who would show up."
Ahhhh...the rhetoric caused it.
The New York Post article quoted three Republicans from NY.
The spoof pointed out the date and times of Zeldin’s events to RSVP, including one “to hear Zeldin’s plans to put more guns on our streets and in our communities, ensuring New Yorkers are less safe.”
The Hochul release also said voters should RSVP to a Sunday event to hear Zeldin “discuss his enduring loyalty to Donald Trump, his hard-fought efforts against Trump’s impeachment, his vote against certifying the 2020 presidential election results, and his refusal to support an investigation into the January 6 insurrection.”
That's not a call to violence, and this is what every campaign in this country does. They track candidates and send their supporters to their opponent's rallies.
But according to Fox, only Trump and the GOP are allowed to attack their rivals at all, or even campaign like a normal person.