Donald Trump Bashes Bret Baier Over Fox News' Arizona Election Audit Coverage

Former President Donald Trump has lashed out at Fox News anchor Bret Baier after he reported on the Maricopa County audit

The former president took aim at the anchor and other media outlets for reporting the low number of voter irregularities that will be further investigated, which counter his claims of widespread fraud.

In a post uploaded onto Telegram, Trump said: "Fox News and other media outlets incorrectly side with the outdated and terrible Maricopa County Election Board to report no fraud found in the Presidential Election.

"They spew the gross misinformation purposefully put out by the country and the Associated Press and ignore the very important Arizona Senate's hearing yesterday, which showed 168,000 fraudulent ballots printed on illegal paper (unofficial ballots), 74,000 mail-in ballots received that were never mailed (magically appearing ballots), 11,000 voters were added to the voter rolls after the election and still voted, all the access logs to the machines were wiped, and the election server was hacked during the election."

He continued: "They sided with the County and not the brave Arizona Senate who is fighting for the people of Arizona. The same anchor at the desk the night Fox called Arizona for Joe Biden now wants you to believe there was no fraud. The anchor was Bret Baier.

"Thankfully, Arizona has strong State Senators willing to fight for the truth. Senator Wendy Rogers says 'I have heard enough. It's time to decertify this election.' Senator Kelly Townsend said the fraud was so bad 'I want to see indictments.' Senator Sonny Borelli says 'I've seen enough evidence to challenge the validity of the certification of the Maricopa County Election results.'

"Arizona shows Fraud and Voting Irregularities many times more than would be needed to change the outcome of the Election."

Baier later distanced himself from claims that he reported there had been no voter fraud in Maricopa County in a statement on Twitter.

Replying to a Twitter user who made the claims, Baier said: "I did not say that Susan. Please review the tape. I said the investigation continues and so far officially only roughly 200 ballots have been thrown out. I said what the county says and what the critics are saying. Go watch again."

Arizona election officials found fewer than 200 cases of potential voter fraud out of more than 3 million ballots that were cast in the state's most populous county, according to The Associated Press.

According to the outlet, 182 cases were found to have clear enough issues to be referred back to investigators for review.

It added no one had been convicted and that no one's vote had been counted twice.

The audit has dented Trump's claims there had been widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election.

President Biden won Arizona by more than 10,400 voters out of the roughly 3.4 million ballots cast.

Newsweek has contacted Trump and Fox News for comment.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference announcing a class action lawsuit against big tech companies at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 07, 2021 in Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump called out Fox News anchor Bret Baier. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images