Potential Trump VP Pick Elise Stefanik Spars With Fox's Bream Over 'False' Trump Allegation

Potential Trump VP Pick Elise Stefanik Spars With Fox's Bream Over 'False' Trump Allegation


Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) clashed with Fox’s Shannon Bream on Sunday over her support for presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Bream referenced a New York Times article published on January 4, 2023, questioning Stefanik about her alleged comments from August 2015, in which she reportedly said Trump was “insulting to women.” The New York congresswoman called it “a disgrace” that Bream brought up the NYT article, particularly because it relied on anonymous sources.

“Well, Shannon, it’s a disgrace that you would quote The New York Times with nameless, faceless, false sources,” Stefanik said.

“But they’re quoting your friends, so I’m giving you a chance to answer that,” Bream quickly responded, talking over Stefanik.

“No, no, no, no, Shannon, Shannon, they’re not quoting my friends. Those names are not included because they are false smears. I was attacked —” Stefanik began before Bream cut her off.

“There, to be fair, there are a number of names. Just to be fair, a number of names, names of people who are quoted in the article,” Bream said. “People can read it for themselves.”

The NYT article Bream mentioned is behind a paywall, accessible only to paid subscribers.

“No, no, Shannon, let me correct you,” Stefanik shot back. “Shannon, let me correct you. This is a false smear, and let me tell you, let me tell you a fact, Shannon. In 2016, I was attacked as the only elected Republican from the Northeast who voted for President Trump. Democrats spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking me for that fact. So to say that I didn’t support him is just false.”

Stefanik made it a point to insist that she is “proud” to be one of Trump’s “strongest supporters” before speculating that Trump will win the presidency later this year.

“Okay so, I understand,” Bream said as Stefanik was still talking. “I understand… where you are now. Let me ask you. Okay, let me ask you though because they quote you on a radio station calling him ‘insulting to women.’ Is that a misquote? Did you not say that?”

“I said the statement that the Democrats leaked out in 2016 that that was insulting. However, Shannon, I stood by and supported him. And I strongly support him. And he has done so much to promote women in senior positions as well as promote women’s economic opportunity that we experienced under the four years of his administration. So I’ve been proud to support him. Uh, it’s a disgrace that you would take a New York Times article and just read negative quotes when the reality was, I was the only Republican elected woman from the Northeast who voted for him in 2016 who has strongly supported him and I’m proud to be one of his strongest allies today,” she said.

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