Donald Trump was very upset with Fox News today, tweeting out a short thread about how disappointed he is that they interviewed DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa and actually managed to keep things somewhat civil and politically neutral.
Trump claims that Hinojosa was “spewing out whatever she wanted with zero pushback by anchor” while she was talking about how well Republicans did in battleground states in 2016 and how Democrats will emulate this.
The interview that set Trump off is one in which DNC comms director @XochitlHinojosa went on Fox News to talk about the …… [checks notes] …. Democratic presidential debates. Trump apparently wanted host Sandra Smith to blindside her with Trump talking points. pic.twitter.com/RszlzY4Jgg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 28, 2019
It’s unclear exactly what kind of “pushback” Trump was expecting in this fairly uninteresting interview or whether he was distracted by a bee when the Fox News anchor pushed back on Hinojosa’s refusal to name a Democratic front-runner. Either way, it looks like the romance between Trump and Fox News may be over as he announced that he is “looking for a new News Outlet.”
....are all in for the Open Border Socialists (or beyond). Fox hires “give Hillary the questions” @donnabrazile, Juan Williams and low ratings Shep Smith. HOPELESS & CLUELESS! They should go all the way LEFT and I will still find a way to Win - That’s what I do, Win. Too Bad!....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
….I don’t want to Win for myself, I only want to Win for the people. The New @FoxNews is letting millions of GREAT people down! We have to start looking for a new News Outlet. Fox isn’t working for us anymore!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
This isn’t the first time that Trump has aired his displeasure with Fox News on Twitter, nor is it the first time people have had to remind him that news outlets are not supposed to take orders from him and that state media is a feature of every modern authoritarian government and dystopian future novel.
Even actually Fox News employees are finally fed up with Trump’s whining.
Fox News isn’t supposed to work for you. https://t.co/kQDY4UKv8z— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 28, 2019
Did we just agree with Brit Hume?
We’re not the only ones. Many Twitter users have expressed that they are fed up with Trump trying to bully news outlets into being his personal butt-kissers.
Just a reminder that Trump literally thinks Fox News, as a literal propaganda arm, is too critical of him and has openly wished for the state run media enjoyed by dictator Kim Jong Un. pic.twitter.com/JRewMrF1Sh— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 28, 2019
BULLSHIT. It’s not #FoxNews, it’s YOU. You know you’re in deep shit when you’ve exhausted & turned off even Fox. Face it #Trump, everyone but your rapidly-declining brainwashed “shoot someone on 5th Avenue” crazy base is jumping off the Trumptanic…
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) August 28, 2019
Fox is state-run propaganda.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 28, 2019
It runs hours of content every day extolling his virtues.
But it's not good enough for Trump. https://t.co/wFUPnHTVe7
Don't underestimate how much of a sign of *total meltdown* it is that Trump is urging his 64 million Twitter followers to permanently abandon Fox News— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) August 28, 2019
It's a bridge he's never crossed—and he's crossing it hours after news broke that he secretly has Russian cosigners on his loans
Trump absolutely cannot stand the thought of Fox being anything other that entirely deferential to him and the Republican Party. Even 99% isn't enough. pic.twitter.com/EiyCTgnOLv— jordan (@JordanUhl) August 28, 2019
Fox News discovering what every other Trump suck-up has found: in the end, he will turn on you too. https://t.co/imtgPnQJou— Patterico (@Patterico) August 28, 2019
Fox News is learning about Trump's faithfulness ....— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) August 28, 2019
just like Ivana, Marla, and Melania did.
Hinojosa herself responded to Trump’s Twitter tirade on MSNBC by calling it “laughable” and saying the President is “running scared.”
DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa on @MSNBC responds to Trump's tweet about her being on Fox: "It's just laughable. This man is running scared ... I just thought that the president had better things to do than watch Fox News during the day."— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 28, 2019
Oh, Hinojosa. We all know he doesn’t have anything better to do.