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How Fox News and MAGA Media Are Already Prepping for Trump’s Next Coup

Pro-MAGA media outlets are deceiving millions to lay the groundwork to help Donald Trump overturn a loss this fall. A media watchdog explains why that’s so deeply dangerous.

Laura Ingraham gestures as she speaks
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Talk show host Laura Ingraham speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Maryland, on February 28, 2019.

Earlier this month, Donald Trump refused to commit to accepting the outcome of the 2024 election, shamelessly declaring he’d only do so “if everything’s honest.” Translation: He’ll only treat the outcome as valid if he wins. Infuriatingly, Trump has crucial backing for this project: Fox News and other MAGA propaganda outlets are already laying the groundwork to treat the outcome as illegitimate, should he lose. We talked to Matt Gertz of Media Matters, author of a new piece detailing how these right-wing media figures are “warning” that Democrats intend to steal the election, and why that could produce another January 6 or worse. Listen to this episode here.