A popular host at a major cable news network dedicated a substantial amount of air time to attacking President Donald Trump today, criticizing everything from his rampant hypocrisy to his attacks on the media to his incessant, habitual lying on matters big and small.
Big deal, right? Once an hour, it seems, someone somewhere on cable or the internet is publishing or reporting something critical of the president. What made this particular broadside so epic is that it came from Fox News.
In a segment George Soros and Hillary Clinton could not have better produced, Fox News’ business anchor Neil Cavuto scolded the president for over four minutes straight during the signature “Common Sense” monologue portion of his show, Real World With Neil Cavuto.
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Couching his critique as humble advice for the Commander-in-Chief following the devastation caused by Hurricane Rudy over the last 24 hours, Cavuto proceeded to unload on him. Drawing from tweets and statements going back to the transition, the face of Fox News’ business coverage sounded like a parent who’s finally grown tired of his son’s incessant lies.
“Let me be clear, Mr. President,” he began, “How can you drain the swamp if you’re the one that keeps muddying the waters?”
“You didn’t know about the $130,000 payment to a porn star, until you did. You acknowledged today you were the guy behind the retainer payment that took care of this. You insist that money from the campaign or campaign contributions played no role in this transaction. Of that you’re sure. The thing is, not 24 hours ago, sir, you couldn’t recall any of this.”
Neil was just getting warmed up. He then shifted his attack toward the president’s continual characterization of the mainstream media as “fake news,” while simultaneously spreading actual fake news himself.
“I’m not saying you’re a liar. You’re the president. You’re busy. I’m having a devil of a time figuring out which news is fake. Let’s just say your own words gave me lots of pause.”
“Like the time you said the Russians didn’t interfere in the 2016 elections until a lot of Republicans had to remind you they did. [You] came back months later and said, well, ‘I never said that Russia didn’t meddle in the election,’ when in fact you had a lot.”
Cavuto later went on to list, point by point, the numerous lies that Trump has told about everything from his job approval ratings relative to other presidents, to the size of his tax cut, to the margin of his electoral victory. He also highlighted the numerous times the president criticized the media for reports on staff firings and resignations, only for those reports to turn out to be true.
“None of this makes what you say fake, and you’re right to say some of them are out to get you,” he said, as if to try to soften the blows he was winding up to land. “But often times they’re using your own words to bash you.”
“Your base probably might not care,” he said as he brought the ship in for a landing, “But you should. I guess you’re too busy draining the swamp to ever stop and smell the stink you’re creating. That’s your doing. That’s your stink, Mr. President, that’s your swamp. Good night.”
You can watch the entire scathing segment below.