Conservative Historian: The Trump Administration Is Everything FDR Dreamed For
Fox & Friends hosted a discussion about the unfair media coverage of President Donald Trump Thursday morning. Claiming that the Trump administration will be the most transparent in history, host Steve Doocy spoke to conservative historian and author Doug Wead.
Doocy wanted to know why the press covered Trump unfairly and why the economy, which he attributed to Trump, isn’t getting more coverage. The Fox News hosts had claimed that Trump had the most ‘press exchanges’ of any President in the last 30 years, except Bill Clinton. It was not clear what exactly ‘press exchanges’ meant.
“Well, they don’t like him. He’s got a lot to say. This is everything FDR dreamed for: the New Deal to put America back to work. Think of LBJ. He gave people food stamps and welfare. Donald Trump’s giving them a job and nobody’s talking about it so of course he wants to talk about it.”
“Remember, in the 2016 campaign Hillary went nine months without a press conference. It was a big scandal. That’s because she didn’t want to talk. Donald Trump wants to talk because he has a lot of good things to talk about.”
It is unusual for a conservative to compare Trump to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson, two presidents whose successes are typically criticized by the right. It is hard to square conservative criticism of the New Deal with the claim that Trump’s policies fulfil Roosevelt’s ambition.
Doocy then asked about Trump’s claims that the reason press briefings have ceased is because coverage of them has been unfair. Wead agreed with Trump’s assessment of the unfair media.
“I would like to see some of the news stories corrected, at least they should go back when it’s blatant, when it’s obvious they reported facts incorrectly. They could at least could correct it for the American public. They don’t. They run a story three days in a row and it’s wrong and disappears with no correction. I tell you, in the Bush White House they wouldn’t have put up with they would have shut the whole thing down.”
Wead worked for President George W. Bush and caused a minor scandal when it was revealed that he had secretly taped the president, actions that he defended at the time but which angered then First Lady Laura Bush. Those loyal to Bush considered Wead’s actions a betrayal.
President Donald Trump was obviously watching Fox & Friends Thursday morning, as he tweeted Wead’s praise of him, though he misquoted the conservative historian.
Watch the video above, via Fox News.