From cable news programs to Saturday Night Live, Trump reportedly watches plenty of television. Above all, Fox News seems to be his favorite.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
“The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!”
Here are four examples of tweets Trump posted shortly after seeing it on Fox News.
Fox News aired a segment during its Special Report program in which Peter Doocy reported:
“Some of the chaos from GOP town hall meetings is very well-choreographed by the liberal activists that helped get Barack Obama elected president.”
Although not all Republicans agree with Doocy, apparently Trump does. Shortly after the segment aired, he tweeted a similar statement:
The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2017
After Obama commuted Manning’s prison sentence, Fox News’ Abby Huntsman reported:
“Chelsea Manning sounding less than grateful to President Obama for cutting nearly twenty-five years off of her sentence for leaking unclassified [sic] information. In a new article for The Guardian, the disgraced former Army private is slamming President Obama as a weak leader with few permanent accomplishments.”
Trump tweeted his agreement less than 15 minutes later, echoing Fox News’ “ungrateful traitor” and “weak leader” wording.
Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
Manning did not specifically call Obama a “weak leader.” She said that we need a “strong unapologetic progressive” to lead us, and said that Obama wasn’t bold enough.
— Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) January 25, 2017
The O’Reilly Factor aired a segment on crime in Chicago. Soon afterward, Trump took to Twitter. He quoted the numbers on the screen, the word “carnage,” and threatened to “send in the Feds” if the problem didn’t get fixed.
If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
As a matter of fact, the numbers Fox News reported are not accurate.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) February 2, 2017
Fox & Friends posted a video of Todd Starnes in which he said:
“President Trump should immediately issue an executive order blocking Berkeley students from receiving any federal funding…Free speech for all or no federal money!”
Less than an hour later Trump parroted Starnes’ statement almost exactly.
If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
It’s doubtful that Trump’s addiction to TV and Twitter will let up anytime soon. We can all look forward to seeing more Fox News headlines appear on Trump’s Twitter feed 🙂