President Donald Trump shared a few thoughts on the current direction of Fox News with reporters on Sunday, launching a blistering attack against the usually conservative-leaning outlet, claiming that “something is going on” at the network and he’s “not happy with it.”
“Fox is a lot different than it used to be. I can tell you that,” Trump told reporters.
“[There’s] Juan Williams — then they have the wonderful woman that gave Hillary Clinton the questions,” Trump said, referring of course to Donna Brazile, who has been a Fox News contributor since March of this year.
“That was a terrible thing. And all of a sudden, she’s working for Fox.”
“What’s she doing working for Fox?”
Trump slammed his preferred news network over recent unfavorable poll results, saying: “There’s something going on at Fox [News], I’ll tell you right now. And I'm not happy with it”https://t.co/148g2zYDQx
— POLITICO (@politico) August 19, 2019
Donna Brazile is the former head of the Democratic National Committee.
It was discovered during the 2016 election that Brazile, who was at CNN at the time, had shared presidential debate questions with Hillary Clinton in advance of an event.
“Fox has changed, and my worst polls have always been from Fox,” Trump said. “There’s something going on at Fox, I’ll tell you right now. And I’m not happy with it.”
A poll released by Fox News this past Thursday showed that if the 2020 election were held today, Trump would lose to every one of the top four leading Democratic candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California.
Here’s the scary news for Team Trump in the FOX poll:
Trump polling below *40* against every tested D challenger.
Biden 50, Trump 38.
Sanders 48, Trump 39.
Warren 46, Trump 39.
Harris 45, Trump 39.
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) August 15, 2019
“I think they’re making a big mistake because Fox was treated very badly by the Democrats,” Trump continued.
“Very, very badly, having to do with the debates and other things,” the president went on. “And I think Fox is making a big mistake because, you know, I’m the one that calls the shots on that — on the really big debates,” the president said.
“I guess we’re probably planning on three of them. And I — well, I’m very — I’m not happy with Fox.”
Trump Trashes Fox News to Reporters: 'I'm Not Happy With Fox,' 'My Worst Polls' Come From Them https://t.co/lCPf5r62ak
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) August 18, 2019
Trump did praise specific Fox news hosts: Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Lou Dobbs, Jesse Watters, Jeanine Pirro and Greg Gutfeld.
Trump said of Gutfeld, “He wasn’t good to me two years ago. Now he sees all I’ve done. He says, ‘Would you rather have a great president or a nice guy?’ I think I’m a nice guy, but nobody’s done in two-and-a-half years what I’ve done.”
Is Trump right that Fox News has gone in a different direction and is now working against the president? Or is the recent Fox News poll that showed Donald Trump losing in 2020 something he should take more seriously — instead of laying blame on the traditionally conservative news outlet?
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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