Throughout the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump has repeatedly alleged that the media is “rigged” and Fox News Channel’s Greg Gutfeld agreed with the Republican presidential nominee, with one difference.
Gutfield argued that the rigged media is responsible for creating the candidate, and Trump should be “extremely grateful” that the “rigging” is entirely stacked in his favor.
“True, the media is rigged, but it was rigged for Trump all damn year,” Gutfield said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “The Five.”
“He got more free media than the weather, dwarfing not just his primary foes, but Hillary as well. If it wasn’t for the media, who fell over Trump every time he sneezed, we’d have a different candidate. So, yeah, it was rigged, and that rigging gave us Trump. He should be extremely grateful.”
Gutfield then offered another theory that the media set up the GOP nominee.
“Of course, now he still gets the same coverage, but it’s soaked in opposition research,” he said. “Was he set up? Could it be the media propelled him to the top of heap, knowing he would be so easy to bring down later? Short answer, yes. Long answer, hell yes. But it feels like Trump is blaming the refs before the game is played, anticipating a loss.”
The Fox host noted that Trump may be using liberals’ own game against them.
“And worse, it’s a signal the worst kind of liberal identity politics has spread beyond its borders. We know liberal bias exists, but it used to be that the left were the victimhood kings. But now Trump has stolen their act, running as the champion of the cheated, which must upset the left, for the media believes only the left can be aggrieved. Thanks to Trump, now there’s competition,” Gutfield said.
Co-host Eric Bolling argued that Trump’s “biggest foe is the mainstream media” and pointed out that the billionaire has received plenty of media attention but it has not all been good for his presidential campaign.
“If you live by the media, you die by the media,” Gutfield responded.
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