Fox & Friends just embarrassed themselves trying to mock Beto O’Rourke’s love for books

The president’s favorite television program Fox & Friends isn’t known for being the most intellectual of viewing fare. The slackjawed ignoramuses that populate the show alternate between spewing dishonest pro-Trump propaganda and rambling on about idiotic culture war nonsense. The explanation is simple: they have a vested interest in misinforming and dumbing down the country so that their oligarchal benefactors and the corrupt politicians they support can continue to exploit people.

Today, the show took its gleeful celebration of idiocy to a new low. While discussing Beto O’Rourke’s decision to seek the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential race, Fox host Brian Kilmeade brought up a recent Vanity Fair story about O’Rourke. He zeroed in on a short segment in the article in which the writer discusses the robust library inside the candidate’s house.

“They also point out that he has this huge library as if it’s a big plus that he reads books, we would assume that,” Kilmeade said, in a manner that seems to disparage the very idea of literacy. 

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Despite Kilmead’s weird line of attack, most people would agree that presidents should read widely. The man or woman entrusted with running the most powerful nation in the world should have a strong understanding of that world and its history.

It’s well known that Trump never reads. Even his briefings are truncated versions compared to those given to his predecessors because he lacks the attention span to digest anything denser than a few pages. Clearly, Kilmeade is concerned that in a hypothetical electoral showdown between O’Rourke and Trump the former would end up looking far more intelligent and as such a far more desirable leader.

Of course, it’s hardly surprising that Kilmeade would find reading to be a waste of time. The man has a long history of making incredibly stupid comments and most of his segments are little more than incoherent blathering.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.


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