Trump advisor who promised to eat his shoe if Biden won refusing to do it, citing election-fraud claims
- A Trump campaign advisor who promised to eat his shoe if Trump lost the election now won't do it.
- Harlan Hill cited debunked election-fraud claims, falsely telling Mediaite: "Trump won."
- Hill was barred from Fox News last October after he called Kamala Harris an '"insufferable lying b----."
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A Trump campaign advisor who promised to eat his shoe if Joe Biden won the election is now refusing to do so, making the false claim that former President Donald Trump won instead.
Harlan Hill, a political consultant and commentator, made the bold promise to The Atlantic at Steve Bannon's election-night party on November 7, 2020.
He said he was "one hundred percent" certain of Trump's victory and, when asked what he would do if Trump lost, he told the outlet: "I'll eat my shoe. We'll do it in a livestream."
Following Biden's inauguration, Mediaite followed up on Hill's plans.
But Hill told Mediaite, falsely: "Trump won."
Hill has held this position for a while. Following the election, he issued a string of tweets falsely suggesting that Biden's win was rigged by the Democratic Party.
"Democratic mob bosses have stolen an election and undermined the democratic process," he tweeted on December 2.
"Trump was robbed," read a December 15 tweet.
Since Election Day, Trump and his allies have filed dozens of lawsuits in several states contesting their 2020 election results, citing widespread election fraud. So far, they have won none of those cases.
Hill was formerly a regular commentator on Fox News, but was dumped by the channel in October after he referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as an "insufferable lying b----."
He did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
In 2017, a British commentator and academic made good on a similar promise after his own election prediction proved wrong.
Matthew Goodwin, a political academic, promised to eat his book if then-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn polled more than 38% in that year's general election.
I'm saying this out loud. I do not believe that Labour, under Jeremy Corbyn, will poll 38%. I will happily eat my new Brexit book if they do— Matt Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ) May 27, 2017
Corbyn lost the election, but polled at 40% and snatched 29 seats from the ruling Conservative Party, which came as a surprise to many pundits, including Goodwin.
Unlike Hill, Goodwin followed through on his promise when challenged, tearing out and chewing on pages of "Brexit: Why Britain Chose to Leave the European Union" on live television.
"I was surprised that Jeremy Corbyn ... got two percentage points more than I had expected, and I did say that I would eat this book," he told Sky News at the time.
"I am a man of my word, so what I'm going to do is just sit here and eat my book while you guys carry on."
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