Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich pushed a conspiracy theory on Fox News on Sunday morning that Jewish billionaire George Soros helped to finance and steal the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden.
On "Fox & Friends," Gingrich said, "I think he [Biden] would have to do a lot to convince Republicans that this is anything except a left-wing power grab financed by people like George Soros, deeply laid in at the local level. And, frankly, I think that it is a corrupt, stolen election."
Political commentator Jedediah Bila quickly hit back, saying: “The accusation of incidents of voter fraud, which do happen in every election, unfortunately, is very different from the accusation of a stolen election. That’s very serious."
Bila continued, pushing Gingrich for evidence, “The implication that there’s enough widespread voter fraud going on that would have changed the outcome of the election. I haven’t seen evidence of that to this moment. Is that what you’re suggesting has happened here?”
Gingrich, who has pushed Soros conspiracy theories on Fox News before, responded saying that poll workers are Democrats that hid the evidence and claimed that the "deep state" was at work here. Trump quickly echoed Gingrich's claims the election was stolen on Twitter, citing Gingrich on the social media platform.
Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist who has long been a target of conspiracy theories, has recently been falsely accused of orchestrating and funding the protests over police killings of Black people that have roiled the United States. Amplified by a growing number of people on the far right, including some Republican leaders, online posts about Soros have skyrocketed since June.
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They have been accompanied by online ads bought by conservative groups that call on authorities to “investigate George Soros for funding domestic terrorism and his decades-long corruption.”
Soros, 90, has donated billions of dollars of his personal wealth to liberal and anti-authoritarian causes around the world, making him a favored target among many on the right. The Hungarian-American, who is Jewish, has also been the subject of antisemitic attacks and conspiracy theories for decades.
Gingrich focused on Soros
Fox News host Harris Faulkner shut down Gingrich in September for trying to make the claim that Soros was behind the ongoing civil unrest in the U.S. at the time.
"Progressive district attorneys are anti-police, pro-criminal, and overwhelmingly elected with George Soros's money,” Gingrich said. “And they're a major cause of the violence we're seeing because they keep putting the violent criminals back on the street.”
"I'm not sure we need to bring George Soros into this," said co-host Melissa Francis.
"I was going to say you get the last word, Speaker," Faulker said.
"He paid for it. I mean, why can't we discuss the fact that millions of dollars..." Gingrich said before co-host Marie Harf injected.
"No, he didn't. I agree with Melissa. George Soros doesn't need to be a part of this conversation," Harf said. "OK. So it's verboten," Gingrich replied.
Faulkner addressed the exchange, which quickly went viral, on "Outnumbered." “So, we had a little incident on the show yesterday that was not smooth. And while I was leading that segment, we had interruptions, and I sat silently while all of that played out. Also not ideal.”
"Do we debate with fire here? Yes," Faulkner continued. "But we must also give each other the space to express ourselves. As the only original member of the six-year-old amazing daytime ride known as 'Outnumbered,' I especially want to rock 'n' roll with every voice and perspective at the table.
"We don't censor on this show," she said. "And that's why we are winning weekdays at noon."