Ivanka Trump’s testimony to the Jan. 6 committee prompts Fox News anchors to crack jokes

On a special Fox News at Night With Shannon Bream Thursday, Fox anchors Martha McCallum and Bret Baier joined the show to discuss the first January 6 Committee hearing, which took place earlier in the night, but was not aired on Fox News. At the hearing, the committee played video of former Attorney General Bill Barr talking about telling former President Trump that there was no voter fraud, and the claims of such were “bulls***.” A short while later, they played video of Ivanka Trump’s testimony before the committee in which she sided with Barr.

“How did that affect your perspective about the election when Attorney General Barr made that statement?” Ivanka was asked. “It affected my perspective,” she replied. “I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he was saying.”

“I think that was sort of part of them laying that out and establishing that he (Trump) was on his own on that thinking,” McCallum said in response. “But, you know, on the second time watching that from Ivanka Trump, it strikes me she was put in a very difficult position. Essentially what she’s saying there is, ‘I believed what Bill Barr said over what my father was saying.’ And that is — it could not have been a very easy moment for her.”

Laughing, Baier joked that Ivanka’s testimony could make things weird at Thanksgiving.

“Makes Thanksgiving a little tough,” Baier said. McCallum replied, “It makes Thanksgiving a little tricky.” “Could be a little bit awkward,” Bream added. “Father’s Day is coming up. We’ll see how that goes.”

Video transcript

MARTHA MCCALLUM: I think that was sort of part of them laying that out and establishing that he was on his own on that thinking. But on the second time watching that from Ivanka Trump, you know, it strikes me. She was put in a very difficult position.

KYLIE MAR: On a special "Fox News at Night With Shannon Bream" Thursday following the first January 6 committee hearing, Fox's Martha MacCallum and Brett Baier discussed Ivanka Trump's testimony before the committee in which she broke with her father's claim that the 2020 election was stolen. Ivanka sided with former Attorney General Bill Barr who told former President Trump himself that the claims of voter fraud were not true.

- How did that affect your perspective about the election when Attorney General Barr made that statement?

IVANKA TRUMP: It affected my perspective. I respect Attorney General Barr. So I accepted what he was saying.

KYLIE MAR: And given the former president's aversion to those who disagree with him, the anchors joked that Ivanka's testimony can make things a little weird at family gatherings.

MARTHA MCCALLUM: Essentially, what she's saying there is I believed what Bill Byers said over what my father was saying. And that could not have been a very easy moment for her.

BRET BAIER: Makes thanksgiving a little tough.

MARTHA MCCALLUM: It makes Thanksgiving a little tricky.

SHANNON BREAM: Father's Day's coming up. We'll see how that goes.

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