Fox News anchor Bret Baier wanted the network to pull its early call of Arizona for Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential election amid criticism from the Trump campaign, a new book alleges.

In “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021,” authors Peter Baker and Susan Glasser say that Baier urged the network to back off of its electoral call and cited an email he wrote to a network executive.

“‘The Trump campaign was really pissed,’ he wrote in an email to Jay Wallace, the president and executive editor at Fox,” the book reads, per Business Insider. “This situation is getting uncomfortable. Really uncomfortable. I keep having to defend this on air.”

Fox’s Decision Desk called the state for Biden early in the night, prompting outrage from the Trump campaign, which insisted that the former president would triumph in the state once all of the mail-in ballots were tallied.

Baier accused the Decision Desk staff of “holding on for pride,” the book says. “It’s hurting us,” Baier reportedly insisted. “The sooner we pull it — even if it gives us major egg — and we put it back in his column the better we are in my opinion.”

“The leading news anchor for Fox was pushing not just to say Arizona was too close to call but to pretend that the president had won it,” the authors said of that exchange. Baier, via a spokesperson, told Business Insider that the book took the comment out of context.

The book then goes on to assert that Wallace ultimately forbade the outlet from calling Nevada for Biden because he “did not want Fox to be the first to call the election and declare Biden president-elect.”

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