Donald Trump has cautioned Fox News about losing their significant viewership if they fail to support him.
The ex-president highlighted that the recent Fox debate, which he did not attend, garnered fewer viewers than his conversation with Tucker Carlson, an erstwhile Fox News presenter. This interview was simultaneously shared on X, previously known as Twitter, as the debate from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was broadcasted.
Fox revealed that their debate, overseen by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, pulled in close to 13 million viewers. In contrast, the initial GOP debate in August 2015, during Trump’s maiden presidential campaign, had significantly more.
“On my Truth Social account, I posted how my interview garnered a record-breaking 260,000,000 views, while the Fox debate had just 11,000,000,” Trump mentioned.
He warned, “If Fox doesn’t align with the historic MAGA movement, they’ll lose viewers and ratings. They may never recover.”
It’s worth noting that though Trump’s interview on X boasts of 260 million views, such numbers on the platform might not accurately reflect the actual viewership. X’s guidelines explain that views are counted each time a logged-in user sees the tweet, irrespective of their location on the platform or their connection to the content creator.
However, even though Fox’s debate did not match the viewership of Trump’s initial 2015 primary debate, it still outperformed around 70% of the debates during the 2016 and 2020 election periods.
The former president’s remarks came after his recent legal issues in Georgia, making him the first U.S. former president to have a mugshot taken. As he rallies for the 2024 Republican nomination, he faces numerous charges related to various allegations, all of which he refutes.
Additionally, Trump criticized Fox for endorsing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who trails behind him in the Republican nomination polls.
Trump’s post on Truth Social read, “Fox is misrepresenting facts. They back DeSanctimonious, stating he can outdo Biden, but every poll suggests otherwise. I’ve been leading in every poll, but Fox seems to repeat their 2016 mistake when they doubted my victory against Hillary.”