Fox Business falsely reported on Nov. 7 that President Barack Obama advocated that undocumented immigrants should vote in the election (video below).
Fox Business host Stuart Varney told viewers that Obama "appears to encourage illegals to vote, and he promises no repercussions if they do." Varney then showed a clip of Obama being interviewed by Mitu host Gina Rodriguez, reports Mediaite.com.
"Many of the millennials, Dreamers, undocumented citizens — and I call them citizens because they contribute to this country — are fearful of voting," Rodriguez said. "So if I vote, will immigration know where I live? Will they come for my family and deport us?"
"Not true," Obama replied. There's a quick edit, and Obama adds: "The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential."
Varney called the clip "extraordinary," and tossed to Judge Andrew Napolitano who added: "You know, she's talking to the chief law enforcement officer of the land, and he's basically saying, 'Don't worry about it, we're gonna look the other way.'"
Mediaite.com notes Obama's full answer, which was deceptively edited by Fox Business:
Not true. And the reason is, first of all, when you vote, you are a citizen yourself. And there is not a situation where the voting rolls somehow are transferred over and people start investigating, etc. The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential in terms of who you voted for. If you have a family member who maybe is undocumented, then you have an even greater reason to vote.
Mediaite.com reports there was more of the interview that was completely ignored by Fox Business.
"People are discouraged from voting and part of what is important for Latino citizens is to make your voice heard, because you’re not just speaking for yourself," Obama stated. "You’re speaking for family members, friends, classmates of yours in school."
"Your entire community," Rodriguez interjected.
"Who may not have a voice, who can’t legally vote," Obama continued. "But they’re counting on you to make sure that you have the courage to make your voice heard."
Back over on Fox Business, host Neil Cavuto continued the false narrative:
Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, you were at the border yesterday, but I can't believe how the blithely the President of the United States, the ultimate keeper of our constitution, and all the rights that come with it, including the right to vote, legal citizens having the right to vote, blithely dismissing that.
Brewer, a surrogate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, added: "Shocking. Absolutely shocking. His comments in response to her was just above the believability line. Neil, he should have absolutely set her straight that If you're not a citizen, you don't get to vote."
UNEDITED VERSION (question comes at about the 3:23 mark)