Former President Donald Trump has called on Fox News to toss aside its “fair and balanced” coverage and fully embrace the “Make America Great Again” movement.
In an all-caps Truth Social post published Friday afternoon, he slammed the network for allegedly running stories promoting presidential candidate Ron DeSantis and essentially argued Fox News should be promoting him instead.
In expressing all this, he also dropped a new name for Trump supporters: Magadonians.
“FOX SHOULD EMBRACE MAGA. THEIR PRIMETIME VIEWERSHIP IS DOWN 37% FROM JUST A YEAR AGO, ALL BECAUSE THE VERY SMART, EVEN BRILLIANT, MAGADONIANS KNOW THAT, DESPITE ALL THE FAKE LIP SERVICE, FOXNEWS IS PUSHING RON DESANCTUS, OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER, BECAUSE THEY HATE THE GREATEST ‘AMERICA FIRST’ PRESIDENT TO EVER PUT ON A SUIT AND TIE, ME. THEY ARE ALL GLOBALISTS, AND GLOBALISTS WILL NEVER, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!” the former president wrote.
“Ron DeSanctus” is his nickname for DeSantis, the governor of Florida. FYI, DeSantis doesn’t have a nickname in turn for Trump.
It’s not clear why the former president believes the network is in for DeSantis, especially since the network has been plenty critical of him. Indeed, following his glitchy campaign rollout about a week ago, the network had no problem calling it a “disaster” and accusing him of being stuck in “amateur hour.”
“Amateur Hour.” Fox News calls Ron DeSantis presidential announcement on Twitter “a disaster”. pic.twitter.com/gyhEvMfrvP
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) May 24, 2023
Trump’s Truth Social posts were published just a day after he sat with Fox News host Sean Hannity for a town hall in Iowa. The town hall made headlines after Hannity was chastised by the audience for urging Trump to “just tone it down a hair, stop a little of the name calling.”
“People ask me, ‘Why does he have to fight so hard? Why doesn’t he pick his fights a little more? Why does he have to call people names?’” he said to Trump.
He further noted that the 2024 election will likely be decided by “those people that maybe are in the middle a little more” politically, and who would appreciate it if he’d tone down his rhetoric and stop being so bellicose.
The remark triggered immediate booing from the audience.
The audience at the Fox town hall booed when Hannity said he hears from people who say, “if [Trump] would just tone it down a hair, stop a little with the name calling…that it might help you with swing voters needed for you to get over the finish line.”
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) June 2, 2023
Hannity responded to the booing by noting that he was just sharing other people’s concerns.
“I said it’s their question. Leave me alone,” he said before reiterating that toning things down might help Trump “with swing voters that are needed for you to get over the finish line.”
Trump immediately dismissed the idea.
“From the day I got in I was under siege by people that had been in Washington for many years, put in there by many different presidents, in most cases people that were against me,” he said.
“They spied on my campaign. They did all sorts of things. I was under investigation and under siege and so were my people. And if I wasn’t tough, I wouldn’t be here right now. I guarantee you that. If I didn’t fight back, I wouldn’t be here,” he added.
All this comes weeks after Fox News’ most popular, outspoken host, Tucker Carlson, was unceremoniously fired from the network for reasons that still remain unclear. What’s known is that Carlson’s ouster spurred a massive backlash against the network, with throngs of conservatives vowing to never watch it again.
The effect of the backlash has been disastrous.
“In May 2023 Fox News ratings felt the impact of the suddenly departed Tucker Carlson, whose last telecast was April 21. For May, Fox News averaged 1.42 million viewers in primetime, a 32% decline from April, when the network averaged 2.08 million viewers,” Forbes reported this week.
“For the total day, in May, Fox News had an average audience of 1.09 million viewers, compared to 1.29 million in April, a fall-off of 16%. Despite the audience decline, May 2023 marked the 27th straight month Fox News has been the top-rated cable news network in daypart.”
Carlson has, for his part, since bounced back on Twitter, where he’s currently in the process of building out a new show. According to Variety magazine, some of his former Fox News colleagues may eventually follow him.
“Carlson’s Twitter move could have additional reverberations with talent at the network. A handful of Fox anchors have reached out to Carlson directly or had their surrogates contact him to say they are eager to join whatever venture he starts on Twitter when their contracts are up,” Variety reported last month.
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