WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump expressed frustration with his former favorite news network on Thursday, saying Fox News is “littered” with “‘garbage'” and is “doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected on November 3rd.”
He proceeded to name multiple Fox News personalities, including Niel Cavuto, who has recently criticized Trump for promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine, a drug unproven against the coronavirus, after the president said he was taking it as a prophylactic, which is the thought it could prevent someone exposed to coronavirus from getting it.
Cavuto stressed it could kill people who are in certain health risk populations, saying, “The fact of the matter is though, when the president said ‘what have you got to lose?’, in a number of studies, those certain vulnerable population has one thing to lose: their lives.”
The president continued to lump Fox in with competitors CNN and MSNBC, tweeting that “They repeat the worst of the Democrat speaking points, and lies.”
“All of the good is totally nullified, and more. Net Result = BAD! CNN & MSDNC are all in for the Do Nothing Democrats! Fox WAS Great!” he concluded.
Trump’s Thursday tweet follows days of estrangement between the network and the president, which has led to him increasingly blasting Fox News’ coverage.
He said Monday that Fox “is no longer the same. We miss the great Roger Ailes,” regarding the bombastic and controversial founder and CEO of Fox News who was ousted in a sexual harassment scandal. He continued the network now has “more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before. Looking for a new outlet!”
He then retweeted almost half a dozen tweets demeaning Cavuto. One included saying Cavuto was spreading “sheer stupidity” and “#Fearporn fiction” while another said he was losing to CNN, and described the Fox anchor as “an a**hole.”
Cavuto has chastised the president in the past for his criticism of Fox, curtly saying, “First of all, Mr. President, we don’t work for you. I don’t work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just report on you. Call balls and strikes on you. My job, Mr. President, our job here, is to keep the scores, not settle scores.”
Many on Twitter pointed out how the post offers a view into how Trump believes the network should play a role in his political career:
Despite the uptick in grievances, the president has still conducted more interviews with Fox News than any other network. Additionally, he often offers high praise for the conservative opinion hosts, such as Jeanine Pirro, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity.
Contributing: David Jackson