Trump got very mad at his favorite television network.
Suddenly, Trump thinks Fox News is full of Democrats and fake news.
While it's standard practice for Trump to attack the press, that doesn't usually include Fox News, a network so favorable to Trump that it is practically state-run media.
However, on Sunday, for reasons known only to him, he lumped Fox in with other media he hates, including CNN, NBC and the New York Times.
Trump kicked off his anti-Fox tirade by tweeting that "[w]atching
@FoxNews weekend anchors is worse than watching low ratings Fake News @CNN, or Lyin' Brian Williams." He went on to slam Fox for not getting "the very BORING Dem debates" yet somehow also blamed them for "loading up with Democrats."
Initially, no one seemed to have any idea what set Trump off and caused him to turn on his favorite network. He accused Fox of using "[f]ake unsourced @nytimes as a 'source' of information" but, as the New York Post noted, it isn't clear what Fox News program Trump was talking about or what story in the Times he thought was 'fake' and 'unsourced.'
It wouldn't be a Trump tweetstorm without some incomprehensible detour into irrelevance. In the midst of his ire at Fox, he took time to tweet that someone should "ask the Times what they paid for the Boston Globe, & what they sold it for (lost 1.5 Billion Dollars), or their old headquarters building disaster, or their unfunded liability?"
Trump did not explain as to why the finances of the New York Times were relevant to his unhappiness with Fox. Instead, he went on to complain that Fox had forgotten about him, tweeting, "@FoxNews is changing fast, but they forgot the people who got them there!"
Trump spent a while brooding about the matter, though, returning to Twitter several hours later to complain about Fox having hired Democratic strategist Donna Brazile. Given that Brazile was hired back in March, it's unclear why Trump is so unhappy about it some four months later.
This isn't the first time Trump has gone after Fox for not being in lockstep with his preferences. Earlier this year, he got mad that Fox had Bernie Sanders on for a town hall.
Trump is also used to explicitly coordinating with Fox. Last year, he got then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to issue ethics waivers allowing White House staff members previously employed by Fox to have back-channel communications with the network.
It appears that Trump gets uncomfortable when he isn't able to control all content at Fox. It's unnerving — and undemocratic — that he believes he has a right to.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.