the Gap between Trump and Fox News was expanded on Monday as former President Donald Trump raged at the hosts of Fox and friends.
“@foxandfriends really messed up my poll numbers, no doubt on purpose. That show has been terrible, gone to the ‘dark side,'” Trump posted Monday on Truth Social, complaining that the show pointed to too many “outliers” from the right-wing youth organization Turning Point USA’s opinion poll among their Tampa conspiracy last weekend. , which showed the former president had around 79 percent support.
the fox and friends The segment in question noted Trump’s overwhelming popularity among conference attendees, but host Steve Doocy largely cautioned the results. “You have people from all over the country gathering in Tampa. I’m thinking it’s a little bit different than a couple of other polls we’ve seen in the last few weeks,” Doocy said, pointing to Blueprint, University of New Hampshire, and New York Times polls show Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with a lead against the MAGA kingpin.
“So it’s like the young people who are activists at that event like the former president,” Doocy explained, “but looking at these other polls, the answer is different.”
Trump did not take his on-air friend’s nuanced remark very kindly. “Actually, almost every poll puts me ahead of all Republicans and Biden BY A LOT. RINO Paul Ryan, one of the weakest and worst speakers EVER, must be running the place,” he wrote, referring to former Rep. Ryan’s seat on the Fox Corporation board of directors.
Monday’s feud cemented the end of Trump’s love affair with the show after years of friendly interviews and rambling phone calls. The marked frequently in the program before, during and after his presidency, trying to speak directly to his base in the midst of numerous scandals (and an insurrection). His last call to the show was on December 2, 2021, according to a search of transcripts.
Meanwhile, the morning show, and Fox News in general, seem to coalesce more around DeSantis, an increasingly popular figure in conservative circles and the likely front-runner for the 2024 Republican nod should Trump fail to show up. . DeSantis came in second in the TPUSA opinion poll with 19 percent, but has frequently been first choice among similar opinion polls when Trump’s name is excluded.
Still, Trump tried to play it cool after his anti-fox and friends teacher.
“Thanks to Turning Point anyway,” he wrote. “The crowd and the ‘love’ was AMAZING!”