For the longest time, former President Donald Trump, an avid viewer of cable news could turn to Fox News for comfort. There were some disagreements — like an infamous attack on Fox News’ personality Megyn Kelly — but, for the most part, Trump and the network remained amicable.
Throughout his presidency, for example, Trump would tune in to see Fox News’ star hosts complimenting him and his policies while admonishing those who criticized him.
But the dynamics between Trump and the network are changing, the most noticeable shift occurring on Tuesday (July 26), when Fox didn’t play Trump’s speech in Washington, D.C., despite airing a portion of former Vice President Mike Pence’s speech given at the same event earlier in the day.
Naturally, Trump still has some supporters at the network, but the sentiment toward Trump — a Presidential candidate flirting with running in 2024 — has changed.
The network Trump has loved has prioritized coverage of President Joe Biden.
Trump also tore into the network after two of its host on “Fox And Friends” dismissed a poll that showed Trump still had the majority of GOP voters’ support, saying that the participants must be really staunch Trump supporters. Instead, they pointed to other polls that placed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) in the lead among younger voters.
Acknowledging Trump’s outbursts aimed at Fox, author Daniel Cassino, who wrote a 2016 book about the network’s influence over American politics, chalked Trump’s frustrations to “not dominating Fox the way he did before.”