Fox News’ Neil Cavuto responded to backlash from viewers over his scolding of President Trump by reading their messages on the air.
The Fox News host addressed the outrage from viewers who were angry over his criticism of the president for seeming to make contradictory statements about an alleged payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016.
“How can you drain the swamp if you’re the one who keeps muddying the waters?” Cavuto had addressed Trump on “You World with Neil Cavuto” on Thursday. “That’s your stink, Mr. President. That’s your swamp.”
Cavuto responded to viewers were “clearly ticked off” on his show Friday, reading a series of social media reactions to his comments.
“Neil you proved today that you are a leftist liberal and a moron. I will no longer listen to your show. Ciao!” one post said.
“You just lost millions of Trump supporters today with your little rant on your president today Neil,” another read. “Enjoy your low ratings!”
“We all know Trump isn’t perfect but damn. Way to pile on,” one user wrote in. “Maybe we should go back and examine every word that comes out of your mouth.”
“I was astounded, Cavuto has become a true jerk. Today is the last time I will use my electricity to watch your fat face,” a woman named Linda R. wrote.
Cavuto defended himself from the criticism and insults, like one who called him a “chubby, fact-challenged chump.”
“I’m not here to provide lessons, just facts. Just like I’ve always said, words matter, and yes, tweets matter,” he said. “All I’m saying is the president should be very careful calling anyone else being fake.”
A few viewers agreed with the Fox News anchor.
“Totally agreed with your closing editorial,” Linda W. wrote. “Sad to see many cannot see past their blind devotion. Trump causes his own problems.”
Trump had previously claimed he had no knowledge of the payment made to Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, by his personal attorney Michael Cohen or where Cohen got the money. But former New York City mayor and now Trump attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said in an interview on Fox News that the president had reimbursed Cohen, for the $130,000 payment.
The apparent contradiction is what Cavuto had been addressing which sparked the backlash.
“I’ll try to keep it real,” he told viewers at the end of his show Friday. “I hope you have a real good weekend and think twice about very nasty names on the fat thing… Good night.”
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