An interview with Texas Democratic Representative Al Green on “Fox News Live” on Sunday afternoon produced heat under the collar of former President Donald Trump.
On the broadcast, Green was pressed on issues such as inflation and rising crime while laying out the midterm strategy of the Democratic National Committee.
(Video: Fox News)
It could be that the former president has an exposed nerve from interactions with the congressman when he was in office. Green was the first House Democrat to push for impeachment, introducing articles in 2017 when Republicans still controlled the House. Trump had no patience for Fox News giving airtime to this particular politician, and he let everyone know it on Truth Social.
“Why would Fox News have SleazeBall Congressman Al Green on to spew his stupidity?” wrote Trump. “It’s time to get back to basics. Let him, and other Slime like him, continue to ruin MSDNC & CNN, which are dying. Keep them off Conservative Media, if that’s an accurate definition of what Fox has become?”
Former President Barack Obama used to pound on his bully pulpit saying that the media was mendacious and unfair to him. Why he treated such a staunch ally that way is a great mystery. The media fawned over him and parroted his talking points for eight straight years.
In a parallel universe, Trump has a similar habit. He accuses his favorite network, Fox News, of making bad choices and trending leftward. He seems to want Fox News to be the right-wing equivalent of the mainstream media – to present only the conservative angle on every subject. But what makes Fox News credible is its presentation of both sides.
Incredibly, Green only mentioned Trump once during his interview. He made the claim that crime was worse while Trump was president.
“According to statistical information in 2020, the per capita murder rates were 40 percent higher in states won by Donald Trump than those won by Joe Biden,” he said.
Interestingly, he didn’t cite the source for that outlandish claim. States like Kentucky, Alabama, Idaho, and Nebraska had higher crime than New York, California and Illinois? That would be news indeed.
Trump has pummeled the largely-conservative network many times.
“Wow! Fox News is really pushing the Democrats and the Democrat agenda. Gets worse every single day,” he wrote in September on Truth Social. “So many Dems interviewed with only softball questions, then Republican counterparts get creamed.”
Trump, who is widely rumored to be exploring another run for president, also took exception to a “Fox & Friends” broadcast that highlighted a Turning Point Poll that showed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with a lead over him in a potential 2024 vote. The show also cited other polls in which Trump came out on top.
“That show has been terrible — gone to the ‘dark side”’ wrote the embattled politician in response. “They quickly quote the big Turning Point Poll victory of almost 60 points over the number two Republican, and then hammer me with outliers,” he added.
Trump has undoubtedly heard about CNN’s August report that Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch, has been internally critical of the former president. Murdoch reportedly remarked that another Trump campaign would be bad for the country.
His concerns about the future of Fox News are likely shared by his fans and supporters, even as the network’s primetime hosts continue to be his on-air heroes.
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