Alyssa Farah's dad BOYCOTTED her wedding because she criticized former President Trump

Alyssa Farah’s dad BOYCOTTED her wedding because she criticized former President Trump

Donald Trump’s former White House communications director Alyssa Farah has revealed her conservative father boycotted her wedding over ‘political differences’ after she spoke out against the ex-president.  

The CNN political commentator was a guest host on The View on Friday when she opened up about the family tensions that arose ahead of her wedding to her long-time partner Justin Griffin on November 6. 

Farah, 32, said her father, conservative author and journalist Joseph Farah, and her stepmother, Elizabeth Graham, ‘didn’t want to attend’ her nuptials after she publicly criticized Trump. 

‘I recently got married back in November, and this is such a tough topic, so keep in mind two things: COVID has made people shrink their friend groups, their family groups. People aren’t being around each other if they are not open to getting vaccinated. Add to that, political polarization,’ she said.  

Alyssa Farah, 32, was a guest host on The View on Friday when she revealed her father and stepmother boycotted her wedding because she criticized former President Donald Trump

Alyssa Farah, 32, was a guest host on The View on Friday when she revealed her father and stepmother boycotted her wedding because she criticized former President Donald Trump 

Farah, who served for as Trump's White House communications director, wed her long-time partner Justin Griffin on November 6

Farah, who served for as Trump’s White House communications director, wed her long-time partner Justin Griffin on November 6

‘In my situation, personally, I had to deal with two people very close to me, my father and stepmother, who didn’t want to attend my wedding.’

When co-host Joy Behar asked Farah why they skipped the event, blamed it on ‘political differences after I spoke out against President Trump.’ 

Farah and Griffin tied the know at Windsor Properties, a private sporting club in Vero Beach, Florida. She noted that the family feud was one-sided and not something she was willing to ruin her wedding day over. 

‘The answer was simple. Like, I love them. They were welcome to be there on my end,’ she explained. ‘But if they didn’t want to be there, why would I interrupt my special day by trying to have them there.’ 

Farah’s father, Joseph, is the founder of the conservative news and conspiracy website WorldNetDaily, which he launched in 1997, serving as both the editor-in-chief and CEO. 

Farah said her father, conservative author and journalist Joseph Farah, and her stepmother, Elizabeth Graham, 'didn't want to attend'

Farah said her father, conservative author and journalist Joseph Farah, and her stepmother, Elizabeth Graham, ‘didn’t want to attend’

When Joy Behar (far left) asked why they chose to skip the wedding, Farah blamed it on 'political differences,' saying it was because she 'spoke out against President Trump'

When Joy Behar (far left) asked why they chose to skip the wedding, Farah blamed it on ‘political differences,’ saying it was because she ‘spoke out against President Trump’

Farah's father, Joseph, is the founder of the conservative news and conspiracy website WorldNetDaily, which he launched in 1997, serving as both the editor-in-chief and CEO

Farah’s father, Joseph, is the founder of the conservative news and conspiracy website WorldNetDaily, which he launched in 1997, serving as both the editor-in-chief and CEO

Under his leadership, the site has a number of falsehoods and conspiracy theories, including the birther conspiracy, which claims former President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. and was thus an illegitimate president.

In April 2019, the website announced he had suffered a severe stroke and would no longer have a hands-on role in the site’s operations. 

Farah had served as the White House director of communications for eight months under Trump when she resigned in December 2020, a month before he vacated office. 

She had also served in several other administration roles before that, including then-Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary and the Pentagon press secretary before coming back to the White House.  

‘It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve in the Trump Administration over the last 3 and a half years, first as Press Secretary to @VP Pence, then as Press Secretary for the @DeptofDefense, & most recently as White House Communications Director,’ she tweeted on December 3, 2020.  

Farah and Griffin tied the know at Windsor Properties, a private sporting club in Vero Beach, Florida

Farah and Griffin tied the know at Windsor Properties, a private sporting club in Vero Beach, Florida

She noted that the family feud was one-sided and not something she was willing to ruin her wedding day over

She noted that the family feud was one-sided and not something she was willing to ruin her wedding day over

Alyssa Farah's dad BOYCOTTED her wedding because she criticized former President Trump

‘Like, I love them. They were welcome to be there on my end,’ she explained. ‘But if they didn’t want to be there, why would I interrupt my special day by trying to have them there’ 

At the time, the president — along with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani — had launched several legal challenges over the outcome of the presidential election.

A month after she quit, Trump held his infamous rally in front of the White House on January 6, 2020 — the day Congress moved to certify the election for Joe Biden and a trove of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol to stop them from doing so.

Farah was quick to denounce the attack after having publicly condemned Trump supporters for harassing Mitt Romney the day before.

On January 8, 2021, she blamed Trump for inciting the insurrection and suggested that he should resign as the House moved to impeach the outgoing president for the second time of his administration.

Farah didn’t specify what she said about Trump that angered her father and stepmother enough to skip her wedding. 

Farah and Griffin were all smiles on their wedding day, despite her father and stepmother skipping the milestone event

Farah and Griffin were all smiles on their wedding day, despite her father and stepmother skipping the milestone event  

When she posted her wedding photos on Instagram, she said it was the 'best day of my life'

When she posted her wedding photos on Instagram, she said it was the ‘best day of my life’ 

Farah's wedding came 11 months after she resigned as Trump's communications director

Farah’s wedding came 11 months after she resigned as Trump’s communications director 

While Farah's father and stepmother chose not to attend her wedding, her mother, Judy, (far right) was there

While Farah’s father and stepmother chose not to attend her wedding, her mother, Judy, (far right) was there 

However, in October, weeks before her nuptials, she criticized Trump for lying about the election being stolen during an appearance on The View, saying she wouldn’t support him again. 

‘The election had been called. It had been a couple of weeks, and I started to see tick up in rhetoric around the election was stolen, seeing some of my colleagues go on TV and say as much,’ she recalled. ‘I fundamentally knew that wasn’t true and it could have dangerous consequences.’ 

She added: ‘I thought I had a duty first and foremost to the country to tell the truth.’

Farah said she was devastated by the insurrection as she recalled how Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot while breaching the U.S. Capitol building. 

‘My heart breaks that an Air Force veteran was so warped by lies to her sold by the American president that she lost her life,’ she said. 

Farah insisted she ‘wouldn’t support Donald Trump again.’ 

In October, weeks before her nuptials, she publicly criticized Trump for lying about the election being stolen, saying she wouldn't support him again

In October, weeks before her nuptials, she publicly criticized Trump for lying about the election being stolen, saying she wouldn’t support him again

Farah served as the White House director of communications for eight months under Trump before she resigned in December 2020

Farah served as the White House director of communications for eight months under Trump before she resigned in December 2020

Farah (pictured in October 2020) quit a month before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2020, which she blamed on Trump

Farah (pictured in October 2020) quit a month before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2020, which she blamed on Trump 

‘Our country needs to go to a different direction,’ she added. ‘There are some good things policy wise…but we gotta move on from this era.’

A few weeks after her wedding, Farah told CNN that Trump had previously admitted to her that he knew he had lost the 2020 presidential election, but his aides and allies were able to change his mind.  

When CNN anchor Pamela Brown asked her if Trump believes he lost the election to Joe Biden, she said: ‘Honestly, I’m not sure.’  

‘I know he wants to protect his ego at all costs,’ Brown said. ‘But Trump has to know he lost because I remember at the time reporting, talking to folks in the White House saying, “Yeah, he knows he lost, he’s just coming around to it.”‘ 

‘He knew,’ Farah said. ‘He told me shortly after that he knew he lost.’ 

She worked in Trump's administration for more than three years and described it as 'the honor of a lifetime' when announcing her resignation

She worked in Trump’s administration for more than three years and described it as ‘the honor of a lifetime’ when announcing her resignation

She added: ‘But then, you know, folks got around him, they got information in front of him and I think his mind genuinely might have been changed about that and that’s scary because he did lose.’ 

‘And the facts are out there and they’ve lost every court case, they’ve had countless times to prove any sort of fraud and haven’t been able to. So, it is actually kind of more scary that he believes it.’

Following her appearance on CNN, Trump released a statement calling her a ‘backbencher’ who was ‘terrible’ when she recently guest-hosted The View. 

‘Heard that Alyssa Farah was terrible on The View — they could have asked the people who know her and saved a lot of time,’ Trump said. ‘She was a “backbencher” in the White House and is now a nobody again. 

‘We put her out there to face the public as little as possible,’ he added. 

Farah served as then-Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary before becoming the White House communications director

Farah served as then-Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary before becoming the White House communications director 

Farah (pictured in March 2020) also served as the Pentagon press secretary before coming back to the White House

Farah (pictured in March 2020) also served as the Pentagon press secretary before coming back to the White House

Trump’s statement was seemingly prompted by Farah telling Brown on CNN that he had previously admitted to her that he lost the 2020 presidential election. 

‘By the way, as soon as the Crime of the Century happened on November 3rd, I knew the Election was Rigged and Stolen, and never changed my view on that one bit. I did not go soft on the “Real” Big Lie, the Election Scam, and never will,’ Trump said.

‘Backbencher said I told her I lost the Election — never did,’ the former president continued. ‘I virtually never even spoke to Farah (it’s like she didn’t even exist in the White House).’

‘Anybody who ever says that I thought the Election was legit, even for a moment, is wrong. All you have to do is look at the thousands of pages of documents and evidence — which continues to mount,’ Trump falsely claimed.

Trump pushed that Farah was lying about their conversation for money.

In November, Farah told CNN that Trump had previously admitted to her that he knew he had lost the 2020 presidential election, but his aides and allies were able to change his mind

In November, Farah told CNN that Trump had previously admitted to her that he knew he had lost the 2020 presidential election, but his aides and allies were able to change his mind

‘It’s amazing how these people leave with respect and adoration for me and others in the White House, but as soon as CNN or other cameras get shoved in their face, or the losers from The View ask a question, or money gets thrown at them, or someone writes a fake book, inglorious lightweights like Farah change so quickly,’ Trump said. 

‘I watched this clown on television saying exactly what they wanted her to say and I watched the lies. Was she paid by low-ratings CNN?’ he mused.

To conclude the statement, Trump said that Farah sent him a ‘very nice letter’ once he told her to ‘hit the road’ at the tail end of his administration.

According to him, she wrote in the letter that working for him was ‘the honor of a lifetime’ and she was ‘deeply proud of the incredible things [they] were able to accomplish to make our country stronger, safe and more secure.”‘

‘Show the rest of the letter Alyssa, and explain why you wrote it!’ the ex-president demanded.

Since leaving the White House, Farah has made a number of television appearances and joined CNN as a political commentator in December. 

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