In response to news that Russians tried to meddle in the United States electoral process, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade suggested on Monday the United States do the same in response.
“They have an election coming up,” Kilmeade said of Russia. “Why don’t we get involved in that election? Why don’t we start flicking the lights?”
But co-host Ainsley Earhardt pushed back, suggesting that would make the United States like Russia.
“Because then we’re doing the same thing that they’re doing,” she said.
Their comments came after a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities, alleging they interfered with the 2016 election.
Kilmeade similarly asked on Saturday whether it was “payback time”:
Reading this Mueller indictment..our biggest problem Russians don’t fear or respect us @realDonaldTrump has to change that..they have an election coming up..payback time?
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) February 17, 2018
“The only thing they understand is direct confrontation,” Kilmeade said during Monday’s “Fox & Friends.” “They don’t fear us, and they don’t respect us,” he added, referring to the indictment.
The indictment, according to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, did not contain allegations that the Russian meddling influenced the outcome of the 2016 election:
DAG Rosenstein: New indictment contains no allegations Americans wittingly participated in Russian meddling, nor that meddling influenced the outcome of the 2016 election pic.twitter.com/wM4RmhNRqx
— IJR (@TheIJR) February 16, 2018
During the Monday broadcast, Steve Doocy reiterated that point. “The key the indictment made it very clear that the Russian meddling did not impact the election. They were very clear about that,” he said.
Kilmeade also echoed President Donald Trump in casting doubt on whether he was responsible for Russian meddling or colluded with the Russian government:
Funny how the Fake News Media doesn’t want to say that the Russian group was formed in 2014, long before my run for President. Maybe they knew I was going to run even though I didn’t know!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018
“Even his family didn’t even think he was actually going to run for president until a week before he actually declared,” Kilmeade said. “There’s no way in 2014 the Russians knew he was going to run for president.”
Watch their comments above, via Fox News.