President Trump appears to be done with Fox News for good after the disastrous first presidential debate moderated by longtime Fox Host Chris Wallace.
Though Trump has spoken positively of the network — especially of certain anchors and hosts such as Tucker Carlson — he’s ramped up his rhetoric recently, indicating that he’s ending any pretense of good relations with the network as a whole.
Trump slammed Fox News during a “radio rally” event he hosted on the Rush Limbaugh show on Friday, telling listeners that Fox News is different than it was during the 2016 election cycle and that it is “no longer great.”
Though Fox News played an important role in helping Trump get elected in 2016, the network is rumored to have taken a sharp left turn, mostly prompted by those in executive roles that no longer want to be associated with the right and perpetuated by hosts such as Wallace.
“You have such an incredible audience. So I can tell them about Fox being a big obstacle,” said Trump told Limbaugh. “It’s a problem. Fox is a problem.”
At this point, Trump said he’ll still deal with the network, but he’s not very excited about the prospect. I deal with ’em. I deal with ’em,” he explained. “But they’ve gone a very different path. It’s a much different group. They have guys on there that are so bad.”
Trump told conservative radio host Mark Levin during a different interview that “Fox is a whole different ballgame than it used to be. Fox was great. Fox was great. Fox is no longer great.”
Levin hosts a weekend show on Fox, and said he’d probably get a talking-to from Fox higher-ups after Trump’s lambasting of the network. “I say it on Fox. I don’t care,” Trump fired back. “What difference does it make at this point?”
Trump’s distaste for Fox as a network doesn’t extend to “Fox & Friends,” the hosts of which Trump said he still admires, along with flagship hosts Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson.