Fox News co-hosts insist that tariffs won't raise prices. They already have.

Fox News hosts have begun the next round of gaslighting in President Donald Trump’s tariff war with China: There isn’t even any tariff revenue at all, they say — and consumers won’t be paying any price for it.

The discussion came up on the Fox News daytime program Outnumbered, involving the latest Washington Post/ABC News Poll and its findings that women heavily disapprove of Trump’s overall job performance — and that a narrow majority of this key demographic also think the current state of the economy is in a negative shape.

“They've been told over and over again by the media that this is going to raise the price of goods,” said Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis, sitting in on the main Fox News channel. “And even the administration has said, ‘We've taken in all this extra revenue because of the tariffs,’ and we say that's Americans paying for it. I want to see those numbers, though, because I'm deeply suspicious about that tariff money that’s come in.”

In fact, according to a report from Fox Business itself a day ago, U.S. importers already paid a record $6.8 billion in tariffs just this past July, a cost in supplies that is “forcing many business owners to choose between raising prices and laying off workers.”

Furthermore, Francis and her fellow Fox Business anchor Dagen McDowell even cast doubt on some of the most basic economic orthodoxy: that the tariffs cause consumer prices on the targeted goods to go up.

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Citation From the September 11 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered

MELISSA FRANCIS (ANCHOR): Because when you go to earnings calls — which is where these companies have to be dead honest, because they're talking to shareholders, and what they say, they can get in big trouble for not being — it’s not spin. So they sit there, and they’ve said -- places like Walmart have said they’ve been able to juggle around and not pass along the cost. They’ve been able to change who they’re buying things from. And maybe that won't last, and maybe prices will go up. But I know, as I've watched and substituted, I haven't seen the prices of things — I’m very price-conscious, I do all of the purchasing for everyone in our house, like a lot of women. I buy everything. So I am really focused on where prices are going up. I haven't seen it. 

DAGEN McDOWELL (ANCHOR): Those estimates that we hear from JPMorgan said, “Oh, a thousand dollars more.”

FRANCIS: They believe it, they think it’s coming

McDOWELL: But it’s not. You’re right.

FRANCIS: I don’t think it’s coming.

The Associated Press also reported in late August that consumers had so far been spared the brunt of the increases, for the simple reason that most household goods hadn’t been on the tariff list. (Industrial goods were the major target.) But that’s all changing now — because under the newest round of tariffs, “69% of the consumer goods Americans buy from China will face his import taxes, up from 29% now.”

And already, some economic sectors have indeed seen costs and prices go up. This past May, for example, the Los Angeles Times reported on the specific examples of luggage and backpacks, for which prices had already gone up 5% and could potentially increase to 15%, directly traceable to the tariffs. And in the home-building industry, the National Association of Home Builders said tariffs on raw materials such as “granite, cement, vinyl floor coverings, waferboard, ceramic tiles and stainless steel” already added $1 billion to the costs of new housing construction.

In May, economists for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York also estimated that Trump's China tariffs have significant costs to every household.

There’s one bit of truth here: To the degree that retailers have been able to get around the tariff increases, the juggling act isn’t going to last much longer. NPR reported in August that retailers are running out of time to eat the costs of tariff increases, before they will simply have to pass on the prices for more of the consumer goods involved.