Former President Donald Trump has a hot and cold relationship with Fox News. On Monday, Trump blasted Fox News host Laura Ingraham—accusing her of running a “hit piece” on him.
The interview featured Ingraham and conservative author Chris Bedford discussing several polls showing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would do better in a matchup against President Biden than Trump.
Trump responded on his Truth Social platform just minutes after the interview, writing:
“Laura Ingraham on FoxNews just did a hit piece on me (there go her ratings!) showing some polls which indicate that Ron DeSanctimonious may do better against Biden than I would, when actually polls show that I do MUCH better against Biden than ‘Rob.'”
Trump challenged the validity of the polls Ingraham and Bedford cited, writing:
“The poll your looking at now, which has me doing far better against Crooked Joe, was just put out by FOX, I am sure unhappily. I’m also leading DeSanctus by over 40 points in Primary Voting. Watch Greg Kelly on Newsmax at 10:00 P.M.”
Chris Bedford, who serves as executive editor of Common Sense Society, reportedly angered Trump when he implied that almost any leading Republican would do better against President Biden than the former President.
“Joe Biden is running pretty badly behind a generic Republican figure like a Ron DeSantis or Tim Scott,” Bedford said. “But he’s consistently beating Donald Trump.”
Ingraham noted the economy and immigration are two top issues for Republicans but indicated Republicans are coming up short in addressing those concerns. Trump took issue with that statement—he considers his record on the economy and border as high points of his presidency.
Trump has been critical of Fox News executives and several hosts whom he refers to as RINO’s. Especially troubling to Trump is the network’s praise of DeSantis, its refusal to state the 2020 election was rife with voter fraud, and the network’s coverage of the January 6, 2021 protest and breach on the Capitol.
The network’s abrupt dismissal of Tucker Carlson further alienated Trump and many Conservatives from the network. Reportedly, viewership in Tucker’s prime time slot continues to be down more than a million viewers since his dismissal on April 24.
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