‘Don’t Believe Fox News Polls’: Trump Goes On Unhinged Rant Against Fox News — Again
President Donald Trump on Sunday renewed his attacks against his favorite network, Fox News, over its recent polls, saying that the conservative network is “only getting worse.”
The president made the attack while drawing a contrast between surveys from Fox News and Rasmussen Reports on his approval rating. Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll on Friday showed the president with a 50 percent approval rating among likely U.S. voters. Just 43 percent of voters said they approved of Trump’s job performance in a Fox survey released earlier this month.
“Rasmussen at 50%,” Trump said on Twitter, before arguing that Fox News and its Sunday show “MediaBuzz” was “only getting worse!”
Trump then cited the network’s decision to hire former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile as a contributor as an example of it not being what it “used to be.”
“So @donnabrazile gives Crooked Hillary the Questions, and now she’s on @FoxNews,” he added in a separate tweet, referring to a controversy involving debate questions she sent Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
Brazile in response told Trump to focus on his job.
“Try to bring out the best in others and repent when you make mistakes. Seek forgiveness & strive for excellence,” she added.
Trump has repeatedly lashed out at the network over its polling during the past two months. He knocked the network last week after a survey showed him losing to former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in hypothetical 2020 matchups.
“I don’t know what’s happening with Fox,” he told reporters, adding he doesn’t “believe” the polls.
“Fox is different. There’s no question about it,” he continued.
The remarks prompted a rebuke from Fox News anchor Bret Baier, who said that the network had not “changed.”
Howard Kurtz, the host of “MediaBuzz,” backed up Baier’s assessment on Sunday, saying that the survey about 2020 matchups was “very much in line” with other recent polls.
The survey comparing 2020 Democrats to Trump was released the same week that his disapproval rating surged to a near-record in a poll conducted by Fox, with 56 percent of respondents saying they disapproved of Trump’s job performance.
The survey found a 5 percentage point increase in Trump’s disapproval from last month.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2019
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