Fox & Friends Saturday, along with Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker, whitewashed the state’s history of voter suppression in the 2016 election, despite the fact that estimates show thousands of voters were unable to vote due to the state’s strict voter ID laws. Walker called the notion that the state’s law suppressed votes “ridiculous” while co-host Pete Hegseth asked, “Where do they come up with this idea that the vote was suppressed?” By one estimate, according to the Associated Press, “300,000 eligible voters in the state lacked valid photo IDs heading into the election.” Additionally, a study found that Wisconsin's law had “a disproportionate impact on African-American and Democratic-leaning voters.”
Walker also deflected from allegations of voter suppression by noting that Wisconsin had the “the second largest turnout of any state in the nation,’ during the primary. This canard was repeated by right-wing media, even though experts say that such claims are “at best unscientific, at worst just plain wrong.” From the May 27 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends Saturday:
WALKER: That’s because people on both the Republican and Democrat side were excited. Apparently they weren’t excited about Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the fall and that’s the reasons she didn’t win.