A day after Trump-boosting morning program Fox & Friends offered up some mild criticism of President Trump’s “enemy of the people” rhetoric, the curvy couch crew was back on board the Trump Train after the president justified his media attacks by saying “it’s my only form of fighting back.”
During an interview with Axios, Trump defended his anti-press rhetoric even in the wake of right-wing extremist attacks, noting that “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t do that” and asserting that his fans demand it.
After playing a clip of the interview, co-host Steve Doocy noted that Trump clearly “does not like stories that he feels are not fair to what he is doing,” adding that it “started out as fake news and then it eventually turned into enemy of the people.” With Doocy pointing out that the Axios’s Jim VandeHei pressed POTUS on whether his rhetoric may incite his supporters to take action against reporters, co-host Ainsley Earhardt took the baton.
“How frustrating would it be if you are the president of the United States and every single time you turn on the TV on most of the channels they are misconstruing what you say?” Earhardt asked. “And you know your heart and you know your words and you know your voice and you watch what other people report on what you say and it’s completely different than what you mean.”
She continued, “That has to be frustrating. That’s why he is calling it fake news. And he’s saying, ‘if you don’t want to be called the enemy, get the story right and be accurate and report on the story on the way I want it reported.’”
“I think that’s a good point,” colleague Brian Kilmeade responded before bringing up Bernie Sanders and the Congressional Baseball shooter because of course.
Anyway, if you want to know why F&F is regularly maligned as thinly-veiled state-run media and propaganda arm of the Trump administration — even by some Fox employees — this segment is a prime example.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.