On Monday (July 25), in a rant on Truth Social, former President Donald Trump called out Fox News’s “Fox and Friends” for botching his polling numbers.
The rant, which comes as Trump weighs when he should announce his 2024 campaign, dug into the hosts for their intentional notching of his poll numbers while blaming former Congressman Paul Ryan, who sits on the board of the Fox Corp for this coverage.
In recent weeks several newspapers — including the Washington Post and New York Times — owned by Fox Corp’s parent company, the Murdoch Group, have painted Trump as an unfit leader unworthy of another stint in the Oval Office.
Trump called Ryan a “RINO” and the “worst speaker ever” after he called out Fox and Friends because they “botched my poll numbers, no doubt on purpose.”
He called the show “terrible” and claimed they had “gone to the ‘dark side,'” adding, “They quickly quote the big Turning Point Poll victory of almost 60 points over the number two Republican, and then hammer me with outliers.”
The segment that irked Trump had the hosts — led by Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade — discussing the Turning Point USA poll released on Sunday (July 24) while comparing it to other recent polls that aren’t so favorable to Trump.
“That is a little different than a couple of other polls we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks,” Doocy remarked.
He then mused that perhaps the “young people who are activists at that [Turning Point] event like the former president,” but added that, in other polls, Trump wasn’t the preferred candidate among several age groups; rather, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) had taken the top spot.
Kilmeade chimed in, stating, “If you look state by state, Ron DeSantis is showing tremendous strength in New Hampshire, Michigan, and Florida.”