Fact Check

Fox News host shuts down Jason Chaffetz for promoting migrant caravan conspiracy theories

In a rare rebuke of Trump-inspired conspiracy theories on Fox News, former GOP congressman Jason Chaffetz got fact-checked live on air by host Marie Harf when he tried to regurgitate debunked claims about the migrant caravan.

During a broadcast this Tuesday of Outnumbered, Chaffetz claimed that Democrats were “encouraging” the caravan’s trek north and want to “shut down ICE.”

Harf wasn’t having it.

“That’s not true, neither of those things are true,” she said.

Chaffetz fired back, saying his comments were “absolutely, one hundred-percent true.”

“When he says things that aren’t accurate on TV, I’m going to interrupt you,” Harf said to Chaffetz and her fellow co-hosts.

“The Democratic caucus does not support shutting down ICE. Individual members talk about it, the caucus does not,” Harf explained.

“Second, the Democratic Party is not supporting the caravan,” she continued. “That is a conspiracy theory that has been repeatedly debunked online. Do not repeat it for our viewers, please.”

Chaffetz tried to push forward, saying he “wholeheartedly” believes his claims to be true, but Harf reminded him that there is “no evidence” for the claims.

“In your heart, you might feel that, there’s no evidence,” she said. “No evidence, no evidence. None. None. None.”

Watch the video below, via Media Matters:

Featured image via screen grab/YouTube

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