March 24, 2023

Trump just threw a jealous, insecure fit over Bernie’s successful Fox News town hall

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Yesterday, presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) appeared on Fox News to discuss his electoral platform. While one might have expected the avowed democratic socialist to be met with hostility by the right-wing network’s audience, he ended up getting a surprisingly enthusiastic response from the crowd.

Specifically, the Americans in the studio were vocally and energetically supportive of his Medicare For All proposal, a clear sign that much of the country, including conservative voters, are tired of Republican efforts to make it more difficult for people to get affordable, reliable healthcare. Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better but has failed miserably, succeeding only in weakening the Affordable Care Act in places, and neglecting to suggest any kind of viable alternative.

As most people are aware by now, President Trump spends an inordinate amount of his time glued to the television watching Fox News, basking in the sycophantic coverage and undeserved praise which the hosts constantly lavish on him. It’s comfort viewing for his pathetic ego and diseased mind, so one can imagine the horror he must have felt when he saw Senator Sanders, a man who represents everything he opposes, getting such a warm response on Fox. Now, he’s responded.

Trump took to Twitter this morning to say that it was “so weird” to see Sanders on Fox News, presumably because when the president flips on his favorite channel he’s looking to have his confidence boosted not damaged. He trotted out the extremely lazy derogatory nickname “Crazy Bernie,” an ironic moniker coming from a man who can barely string a sentence together and whose mercurial nature is well known.

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He added that it wasn’t surprising to him that host Bret Baier and the “audience” were so “smiley and nice.” For some reason, he put the word audience in quotations. Is he implying that it was not, in fact, an audience? Or that Fox packed the studio with Bernie supporters? If that’s what he means, it’s a whole new level of paranoia for him. There is no reason why Fox, the most deranged right-wing network in the country, would want to make Bernie look good. At this point, Fox is little more than a pro-Trump propaganda factory.

Trump ended the tweet by slipping in a complaint that Donna Brazile, a former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, who now works as a Fox contributor. Clearly, the president is afraid that he’s losing his sweaty, spray-tanned grip over the network.

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For a few hours, it seemed that Trump would let it go with a single panicky tweet. But this White House occupant has never been one to let things go — especially when it comes to his beloved TV and propaganda friends at Fox. Trump followed with an obsessive three more tweets in less than a half hour:

Most of the responses to Trump’s original distressed tweet were brutal:

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Due to the president’s self-constructed information bubble of Fox News, Twitter trolls, and Hannity phone calls, he’s unlikely to see much of the Democratic presidential contenders in 2019 unless they appear on pseudo-state news network. But as we get closer to Election Day 2020, and the real leaders from the left command increasing attention, you can expect far more panicked tweets from the toddler-in-chief.

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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