In the contest among media types for the most obsequious treatment of Donald Trump, the idiotic Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday put forth a very competitive entry. As it often does, the “Fox & Friends” hosting trio did a long interview with Trump via telephone. A key talking point was a Politico scoop by Ken Vogel and Ben Schreckinger about the campaign’s reorganization, which is based on a reconstruction of a Trump campaign meeting on Saturday. Per that story, Trump is investing $20 million to prepare for primary contests in May and June.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy asked Trump whether the reporting was “accurate.”
Trump did what Trump does: “Well, I’ll tell you, between the Daily News and Politico, two failing papers that I hear are going out of business. I hear the Daily News is shutting down, and Politico covers me so inaccurate. They write stories and they don’t even call. With all of that being said, I was not at a meeting. I heard about a meeting that I attended. I was not even at a meeting, nobody even called me from Politico. These guys write stories. It’s not necessarily a bad story, but they write stories, they have no facts, they never even call. . . . So you know, the media’s so dishonest. I was not at a meeting. Now, with that being said, I brought in Paul Manafort, who’s a total professional, won a tremendous numbers of races. . . . Everybody seems to be getting along pretty well.”
The candidate was subsequently asked about some internal turmoil resulting from the changes. “When you bring in good people . . . I could see some people, their feelings get a little bit hurt,” responded Trump, in part.
Put through the Trump translator, that sounds like a resounding confirmation.
The highlight of the segment came when the show turned to co-host Brian Kilmeade, who was reporting live from a diner in Massapequa, N.Y. Directing his thoughts to Trump, Kilmeade said, “Donald, I know it’s going to be a big day for you. You’ve won others before. But there’s something about being in New York and dominating the polls like you are that it’s probably going to be something that you’re not going to forget — even [with] everything you’ve accomplished.” Later on, Kilmeade turned to some diner customers, one of whom asked Trump if he had any regrets from the campaign. “I guess maybe I could have said a few less words or a few less things, would have been helpful,” responded Trump, saying that “overall” the campaign is happy with things. “I guess I could have toned a couple of words down or thoughts down — would have been nice.”
Then Kilmeade turned into cheerleader. Looking to the diner customers, Kilmeade said, “All right, Donald Trump, thanks so much, best of luck today. I know it’s going to be a big day in the primary. . . . Guys, thanks very much. Round of applause for Donald Trump!” [Sound of applause]
Trump has been such a staple of “Fox & Friends” programming that Kilmeade in all likelihood thought nothing of promoting applause for him. As we’ve noted before, after all, Trump did weekly spots on “Fox & Friends” for years in the run-up to his presidential campaign announcement in June. At that point, the show broke its weekly gig with the real estate mogul, only to indulge in sessions such as this one. Ever the dealmaker, Trump repays the fawning treatment he receives on this much-watched cable news morning program: Not only does he often compliment the hosts, but back in March he chose “Fox & Friends” to break the news that he wouldn’t attend a Fox News debate slated to take place in Salt Lake City.
Lest you come away with the idea that “Fox & Friends” is the only opinion show on Fox News that has stirred up claps related to Trump, be aware that Sean Hannity previously scared up some applause for the candidate’s proposal to ban Muslim entry into the United States.