Dear Commons Community,
President Donald Trump, slammed the Fox News network on Sunday after a new poll showed him falling behind several potential Democratic challengers in next year’s presidential election. Fox News anchor Bret Baier fired back last night on his evening news program.
“There’s something going on at Fox, I’ll tell you right now, and I’m not happy with it,” Trump said in a swipe at his once-favorite network. Baier insisted that “Fox has not changed,” and then explained that the network has an opinion side and a news side.
“The opinion folks express their opinions,” Baier said. “We do polls. Our latest poll had the Democratic candidates, head-to-head, several of them ahead of President Trump.”
He said the numbers are similar to the aggregations of polls on RealClearPolitics.
“This poll matches what we are seeing out there, Mr. President,” he said, then challenged him to appear on the network for an interview.
“We’d love to have you back on,” he said. “You’ve talked to George Stephanopoulos and Chuck Todd. Come on back. Me, Chris Wallace, the news side cover it fair, balanced and unafraid.”
Trump has lately been attacking Fox News for what he sees as less favorable coverage than what he enjoyed from the right-wing network throughout the 2016 campaign.
Though he still gets enthusiastic support from opinion hosts Sean Hannity ― who has campaigned with him on stage ― Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro, he’s griped over some of its news coverage.
Last month, Trump griped that Fox News “forgot the people who got them there.”
If Trump loses the Fox News crew, he might want to give up his election bid and move to Greenland.