During a live interview on Fox News Channel’s Fox News Primetime Tuesday, a Texas state legislator turned the tables and began grilling the host, Pete Hegseth, asking him
The interview featured James Talarico, one of more than 50 Democrats who left Texas for Washington, denying the Texas House the minimum number of legislators required to conduct business as the legislature takes up Republican-sponsored restrictions on voting in the state.
The live interview was tense and uncomfortable to watch from the start—with Hegseth repeatedly accusing his guest of using “talking points” and interrupting his answers—at one point pressing Talarico to answer a question the legislator had been in the process of answering when Hegseth, apparently not listening, talked over him. “Pete, I just said I oppose voter ID,” Talarico said.
Later in the interview, Talarico attempted to turn the tables on Hegseth and began peppering him with questions. “Do you remember a few seconds ago when I talked about the big lie? This is exactly what I’m talking about. And the reason that so many folks believe it in this country is because folks like you get on television and repeat the lie over and over again,” he said.
“We’re not talking about that,”Hegseth responded, attempting to drag his guest back to his questions about restrictions on voting. “Have you found someone in your district who cannot get identification?”
But Talarico pressed on—and it got personal. “You have made a lot of money personally, and you’ve enriched a lot of companies with advertising by getting on here and spewing lies and conspiracy theories to folks who trust you,” Talarico said. “So what I’m asking you to do is to tell your voters right now that Donald Trump lost the election in 2020. Can you admit that?”
Hegseth ignored the question, saying “it’s not your show, sir.”
“Did Donald Trump lose the election in 2020? Can you answer the question,” Talarico continued.
“I don’t really feel any obligation to answer anything of you,” Hegseth said.
“Is this an uncomfortable question for you?” Talarico responded.