On Tuesday’s edition of Fox & Friends, hosts highlighted Kanye West’s recent public embrace of President Trump and offensive ideas like the notion slavery was a “choice.”
To illustrate the latter point, West on Tuesday tweeted out a quote purportedly from 19th century African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman about how she could have freed more slaves “if only they knew they were slaves.”
There’s just one problem — the quote is fake. Tubman was never recorded saying it, and as Snopes details, the notion that she did appears to be rooted in a fictionalized account of her life.
Facts, however, seldom dissuade the hosts of Trump’s favorite show. On Wednesday, Fox & Friends hosts defended West, and Brian Kilmeade specifically touted West’s tweet with the fake Tubman quote.
“He also quoted Harriet Tubman, he goes, ‘I freed 1,000 slaves, I could have freed 1,000 more, only if they knew they were slaves,'” Kilmeade said, reading from an iPad as Steve Doocy nodded along with him.
The irony is is that when he’s not on Fox & Friends, Kilmeade is a New York Times best-selling conservative “historian.” His latest book is about Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans, which took place less than a decade before Tubman’s birth in 1822.