Fox Hosts’ Post Trump Rally Analysis: ‘He Didn’t Cough’ Could Draw President’s Ire
Trump complained loudly about how he was treated by Fox News during his interview with Rush Limbaugh, and whether he happened to overhear anything the network's weekend hosts had said following his Covid-19 super-spreader event at the White House said on Saturday. The torn president could just blow a seal.
Before host Arthel Neville moved on to a panel discussion on the president's performance today, he announced directly to Fox viewers that Trump had gone to great lengths to persuade some of the colored people in the crowd who were brought to the event by the black conservative activist Candace Owens.
"The president reached out to Black and Latinx Americans and wanted their support for this election," said Neville.
Then Eric Shawn of Fox began his portion of the post-event analysis segment by giving a brief recap and crediting the president for not coughing - a pretty low bar to say the least.
“Look, the most important thing is that he looks good. It sounded good. He seemed to be in a good mood and in a good mood. And he didn't cough. Does the image of looking like your normal self go far in this campaign? “Shawn asked his guests.
Former George W. Bush deputy assistant Brad Blakeman immediately made up for the rather lackluster cheerleading of both hosts for Trump by making a fool of himself. Becoming a Trump sycophant, Blakeman insisted that the president actually made a difference to today's speech, arguing that the president's actions showed leadership and that regardless of the pandemic, people must get on with their lives.
"Bet it is so? And it also shows that the President is leading by example ... Believing that we are going to close our country. Turn off our life. The president is right. The cure is worse than the disease. When we allow ourselves not to be able to live, ”said Blakeman.
The host then invited Matt Bennett, Bill Clinton's former assistant assistant, to join the conversation, pointing out that Trump could still be infected, and called Trump "a coronavirus president."
Bennett attacked Trump for his dangerous and irresponsible actions and attacked Blakeman for his persistent assessment.
“I mean, it's just breathtakingly inconsiderate. I couldn't argue with Brad anymore, "said Bennett. "That is exactly what the leader of this country should not demonstrate to the public."
The Democrat continued, “You see, we've lost 210,000 Americans. Covid [-19] has killed more than most of the other major causes of death combined ... [Trump] has been incredibly irresponsible. He put his own secret service at incredible risk by driving around in a sealed car with two secret service agents wearing clothes, face shields and masks because at that moment he was in serious Covid [-19]. It's incredibly irresponsible. And it shows exactly how he led us into this chaos. He didn't do anything to lead. "
The two analysts continued to disagree, and Blakeman continued to claim Trump "saved millions of lives".
Shawn played the role of a non-partisan TV host and had both guests stand their case, which is rare at Fox, and Trump is unlikely to be pleased.
The president told Limbaugh on Friday that Fox News was "the biggest difference" in its lack of success in this election cycle compared to 2016.
Trump named former House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is now a member of Fox Corporation's board of directors, as the main culprit.
The network is completely different than it was four years ago. Someone said, “What's the biggest difference? I said the biggest difference is Fox, ”said the president. “You see this fox and it's a completely different ball game. And you know Paul Ryan is on Fox's board of directors. So I'm sure that has something to do with it. "
Trump continued, "When Roger ran Ailes Fox, Roger had a very strong view that has completely disappeared, and I think it's influenced by Paul Ryan."
Amazingly, Trump whines about how unfair Fox is to him, but during an interview with Sean Hannity earlier this week, the president whispered to seven Fox hosts that he wanted to moderate a presidential debate against Joe Biden.
"Let's get a fair anchor. Someone like the great Sean Hannity ... We're going to have Laura [Ingraham]. We're going to have Mark [Levin]," Trump said. "We're going to have Judge Jeanine [Pirro]. We have many of them out there. We have a lot. We're going to get Jesse [Watters] or Pete [Hegseth] ... Tucker [Carlson]. "
"We have a lot of them out there," Trump said repeatedly. But not enough to appease this always injured victim president.
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