Trump Slams Fox News for Mentioning Polls That Show Him Losing 2020 Election to Joe Biden

Trump Slams Fox News for Mentioning Polls That Show Him Losing 2020 Election to Joe Biden

There is no better evidence that President Trump thinks of Fox News as his own personal propaganda organ than these two Friday morning tweets excoriating the channel for conducting polls that show him trailing in his run for re-election:

Fox had apparently just aired a segment in which Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade noted that a new poll has Joe Biden crushing Trump by 10 points in a head-to-head election match-up. Trump, obviously, wasn’t buying it:

This is what happens when an angry old man turns on the TV for his morning dose of ego-stroking, only to have the TV not tell him what he wants to hear. If the angry old man is president and has come to expect a certain deference from his TV.

A savvier politician would read Kilmeade talking about these polls as a warning sign from a network that has shown nearly unwavering support for his entire presidency. Trump instead tries to play programming executive.

One America News Network has been openly angling for the job of favorite Trump propaganda organ. Given the president’s relationship with Fox and his closeness to some of its personalities such as Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs, Friday’s tweets read like a warning shot across the bow: tell the president what he wants to hear, or else.

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.