Fresh from blaming The New York Times for his faltering poll numbers, Donald Trump has now turned on Fox News after his normally favorite cable news network released a new poll Thursday that showed the president losing against four of the top Democratic presidential primary candidates — Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) — never rising above 39% support in matchups against any of the Democratic contenders.
Trump’s reaction to the new Fox News polls? He simply refuses to believe them and instead turned his ire on the channel that is usually considered to be his virtual state media outlet.
“I don’t know what’s happening with Fox,” he told reporters as he prepared to return to the White House from an extended stay at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course.
“Fox is different. There’s no question about it,” he said, before claiming that he’ll be “the one calling the shots” about any debates with his prospective opponents in the general election next year.
“My worst polls are always from Fox. There’s something going on at Fox, and I’m not happy about it,” he complaned
It was Trump’s second attack on Fox News today after he sent a mean tweet earlier in the day attacking the network’s Juan Williams.
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Juan Williams at @FoxNews is so pathetic, and yet when he met me in the Fox Building lobby, he couldn’t have been nicer as he asked me to take a picture of him and me for his family. Yet he is always nasty and wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2019
Williams, who has a recurring co-host slot on Fox News’ The Five program, has been a frequent critic of Trump and likely said something to raise the president’s ire as he obsessively screened the network’s content for deviations from his talking points.
Trump’s refusal to accept bad news, even when it’s being presented to him from friendly territory, does not bode well for an orderly presidential campaign ahead. But you already knew that was hardly likely anyway.
The larger question is whether his normally reliable news ally will abandon the Trump train altogether when the evidence of a massive defeat becomes so overwhelming that Fox News won’t be able to ignore the fact that they are backing a loser, even if that pathetic loser won’t admit it to himself.
You can watch Donald Trump’s smackdown of Fox News and its polls in the video clip below.
President Trump slams Fox News for slowly starting to move to the Left: "Fox is a lot different than it used to be, I can tell you that. … Fox has changed. … There's something going on at Fox" pic.twitter.com/V9Orj3nsJM
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 18, 2019
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Original reporting by Rebecca Klar at The Hill.