Donald Trump was not too happy with Fox News after his chief rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, made a good showing of himself while sitting down with anchor Bret Baier in an interview that aired Monday evening.
Taking to Truth Social very late in the day, the former president did not hold back.
“MAGA, which is most of the Republican Party, is very angry at FoxNews for continuing to push Ron DeSanctimonious, no personality and all, and guys like Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, who couldn’t even start a presidential run because of zero poll numbers, whose got his father’s look, but not his father’s brain,” Trump wrote. “He was interviewed today on FoxNews and has a serious case, along with Creepy Karl Rove, of Trump Derangement Syndrome, Republican Version. These guys should forget their failures!”
DeSantis went right at Trump in the interview, saying he “flip-flopped” in his recent criticism of the governor’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I fought his administration to keep our state open, to have kids in school,” DeSantis told Baier. “He didn’t have control over his own government. He didn’t have control over [Dr. Anthony] Fauci.
Saying Fauci “ran that government” in Trump’s last year in office, DeSantis hit the leading GOP contender hard, “Trump should have fired him. He did not do that. He elevated Fauci and he made Fauci an international celebrity.”
The clip was so effective, the governor’s wife, Casey DeSantis, shared the footage on social media:
When the world went mad during Covid, @RonDeSantis protected people’s rights, liberties, livelihoods and happiness.
He fought to ensure that millions of folks kept their jobs, even if it meant he could lose his own.
He never wavered. He never backed down.
He stood up for what… pic.twitter.com/f7MvUyFDRE
— Casey DeSantis (@CaseyDeSantis) August 1, 2023
Either way, Trump saw a need to push back while citing national polls that show him well out in front of the field.
“In almost every poll, DeSanctimonious loses to Biden, while I am far ahead of Biden. Bret Baier of FoxNews (of course!) should have stated this fact during his SOFTBALL interview of DeSanctus,” he wrote in another Truth Social post. “There are polls showing a 71 to 12 points up margin, but Fox just doesn’t want to go there. Why do you think I’m being Indicted every hour by the Left? I got DeSanctus elected, or he was ‘dead’ at 3%, out of politics. Now he’s GONE once more, even with all of this CRAZY help from Fox – 2016 all over again!”
Trump came after Fox News in yet another post for covering other Republicans in the race, complete with his trademark name-calling.
“Why does FoxNews keep featuring ‘losers’ like failed Presidential candidates ‘Aida’ Hutchinson, Crybaby Chris Sununu, who was ready to ‘run’ when he realized he was polling at ZERO, and Sloppy Chris Christie? Doesn’t make sense, nobody wants to watch them!” he wrote.
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