Fox News last night called Arizona last night way too early.
They gave Arizona to Trump at 11 pm with only 73% of the votes in.
What makes things even worse the guy that called it was Arnon Mishkin who is currently director of the Fox News “decision desk” and is a registered Democrat who even voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
How crazy is that?
To put things in perspective, CNN hasn’t even projected Arizona to Biden yet and it’s the day after the election!
After finding out that Fox News gave Arizona to Biden so early the Trump campaign was furious.
Trump 2020 senior advisor was quoted saying “Can’t believe Fox was so anxious to pull the trigger here after taking so long to call Florida. Wow,”.
Fox News called Arizona early for Biden — and once again, prompted Trump to question its loyalty https://t.co/ZjE0zghaX7
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 4, 2020
Arizona governor, Trump campaign push back after Fox News calls Arizona for Joe Biden: "Far too early" https://t.co/HSTX9BlXwq
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 4, 2020
— Newsmax (@newsmax) November 4, 2020
The New York Post had these details to share about Fox News early call on Arizona:
President Trump’s campaign is heavily disputing Fox News’ decision to flip the swing state of Arizona to Joe Biden and has called on the network to retract the call.
Fox News’ decision desk called the Grand Canyon State for Biden just after 11 p.m. with 73 percent of the precincts reporting.
The Associated Press joined Fox News in calling Arizona for Biden at 2:52 a.m. Wednesday.
“WAY too soon to be calling Arizona…way too soon,” wrote Trump 2020 senior adviser Jason Miller, saying the campaign believed two-thirds of the outstanding votes will be going to Trump.
“Can’t believe Fox was so anxious to pull the trigger here after taking so long to call Florida. Wow,” he went on, noting that Fox waited until 98 percent of the vote was counted in the Sunshine State.
"That is a big get" – check out the moment Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden pic.twitter.com/6IWxvBXcdZ
— The American Independent (@AmerIndependent) November 4, 2020
Fox News Decision Desk Director Arnon Mishkin doubled down on calling Arizona for Biden.
"I'm sorry, the president is not going to be able to take over and win enough votes to eliminate that seven-point lead that the former vice president has."
Here are his full comments on why pic.twitter.com/0KJAdY8v5S
— Stephanie K. Baer (@skbaer) November 4, 2020
The New York Times chipped in too:
It was just after 12:30 a.m. on election night, and Fox News was under fire.
“Arnon, we’re getting a lot of incoming here, and we need you to answer some questions,” the network’s chief political anchor, Bret Baier, said pointedly.
“Shoot!” Arnon Mishkin replied, his face breaking into a smile.
Roughly an hour earlier, Mr. Mishkin’s decision desk team at Fox News had made a bold call that instantly changed the tenor of the night: Arizona had gone to Joseph R. Biden Jr. The projection buoyed supporters of the Democratic candidate and sent President Trump’s aides into conniptions.
Trump campaign officials said they were taken aback by the Fox News projection: Jason Miller, the campaign’s chief strategist, claimed on Twitter that more than one million votes were outstanding in Arizona, and he baselessly accused the network of “trying to invalidate their votes.” John Roberts, the network’s chief White House correspondent, said the campaign was “livid.” A false rumor circulated online that Fox News had retracted its call.
Arizona is still in play and it’s a shame that Fox News called it so early.
Fox News needs to retract its projection immediately.
Folks on Twitter absolutely slammed Fox News:
Fox News calls Arizona for Biden. It's too early given that most of the votes are early votes. There's a million outstanding votes left to be counted.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 4, 2020
Fox is stupid for calling Arizona. AZ isn’t close to final. Really crazy decision.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) November 4, 2020