Brian Kilmeade’s pricey MAGA Christmas ornaments become news. Fox has best response to the $600 flub.

Talk about there being no “there” there, “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade is not losing sleep over the realization he donated around $600 to President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Calling it an unwitting mistake, Kilmeade told The Hill he purchased several “Make America Great Again” ornaments  while Christmas shopping for family and friends in November 2016 — AFTER the election.

“I had no idea that this would be considered a donation,” Kilmeade said. “I’m looking for something cool and unique for Christmas for adults after this historic election.

“[The ornaments were] a little expensive in retrospect, but that was it,” he added. “I had no idea that would go to a campaign contribution.”

He explained that made the purchase online after searching for Trump campaign gifts and was unaware he landed on the official campaign site. Kilmeade added that he not  realize the purchase would be considered a campaign donation.

Sounds easy enough — except he co-hosts a show that has proven to be influential with the president, as The Hill noted. Trump occasionally phones in to the show and tweets on topics covered by the Fox News morning crew.

The Federal Election Commission records shows Kilmeade gave $601.71 to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. in a contribution that was processed on Jan. 20, 2017, the day Trump was inaugurated, The HIll reported.

If Kilmeade’s intention was  to help Trump win, common sense would suggest that he contribute BEFORE the election — which he pointed out.

“Even if I wasn’t in this business, I’d never be giving contributions out to people,” he said. “Especially after an election.”

“There’s no secret, there’s no ‘ah ha’ moment,” Kilmeade insisted. “There’s, ‘I bought ornaments two years ago before Christmas for people that like Donald Trump.'”

As for Fox News, the network isn’t making a big deal about the oversight, telling The Hill that talent isn’t prohibited from buying holiday ornaments.

As might be expected, the Trump Derangement Crowd was skeptical:

But even Kool-Aid drinker Montel Williams came down on Kilmeade’s side, citing the “fine print” on websites to say he could have made the same mistake.

Another social media user suggested Kilmeade’s bigger sin was spending $600 on ornaments.

Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter that seemed to focus more the reporting of the story than the “news” therein:


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