Trump Blames Fox News for His Not Participating in GOP Debate

Donald Trump has supplied a purpose why he will not be collaborating in Fox Information’ upcoming GOP presidential debate: It hasn’t been protecting him sufficient.

In a Monday publish to his Fact Social platform, the previous president and onetime darling of the conservative information big shredded the community forward of the August 23 debate in Milwaukee it’s internet hosting. Trump cited Fox’s falling rankings—and its alleged bias in favor of his main GOP opponent, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis—among the many major the explanation why he wouldn’t take part.

Specifically, Trump singled out the community for not protecting this month his receipt of a Man of the Decade Award from a suburban Michigan county’s Republicans at a Lincoln Day Dinner (which it did) or his keynote speech on the Religion & Freedom Coalition’s convention in Washington, D.C. (which it additionally did). In consequence, he mentioned, the community wasn’t giving him what he wanted and due to this fact did not deserve the rankings increase he would supply together with his presence in August’s debate, the GOP’s first within the 2024 race.

Donald Trump speaks on the Religion & Freedom Coalition’s convention in Washington, D.C., on June 24. He’s refusing to take part within the GOP’s first presidential debate within the 2024 race, saying the host, Fox Information, just isn’t protecting him sufficiently.
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At a time when Trump is sitting effectively forward of the remainder of the Republican discipline, he apparently thinks he stands little to lose by skipping a debate.

“So FoxNews, which is down 37% within the Rankings, does not cowl my getting the ‘Man of the Decade’ Award (due to my nice commerce insurance policies!) in Michigan, or my Keynote Speech for Religion & Freedom in D.C., after which desires me to indicate up and get them rankings for his or her ‘Presidential’ Debate, the place I am main the sector by 40 factors,” Trump wrote.

“All they do is promote, towards all hope, Ron DeSanctimonious, and he is dropping like a rock. Sorry FoxNews, life does not work that approach!!!” he mentioned.

Newsweek has reached out to a Fox Information spokesperson through e-mail for remark.

Trump’s remarks come a number of weeks after a comparatively disappointing look in a “city corridor” occasion with Fox Information host Shawn Hannity, who was a dependable ally and occasional adviser to Trump throughout his time within the White Home.

That Fox Information city corridor drew a number of hundred thousand fewer viewers than Trump’s controversial look at a city corridor with rival community CNN, in line with Nielsen numbers reported by Mediaite. The latter resulted in a collapse in rankings for the embattled community.

However Trump’s remarks additionally come at a time when the community has largely stopped protecting his occasions in actual time, ceding floor to extra conservative networks like Actual America’s Voice, One America Information and Newsmax, which have seen rankings boosts. In the meantime, different GOP candidates, like DeSantis, have seen rising protection on Fox, prompting condemnations from figures like Caitlyn Jenner who mentioned Trump’s remarks benefit extra protection.

Notably, the decline in Fox’s Trump protection got here with a lawsuit that resulted in a record-setting authorized settlement with voting machine firm Dominion Voting Programs. Dominion had sued Fox after personalities on the community perpetuated false claims made by each Trump and his allies in regards to the veracity of the 2020 presidential election.

Within the fallout from the settlement, which had the community agreeing to pay Dominion $787.5 million, Fox fired former host Tucker Carlson. Some speculated that this got here as a part of the community’s efforts to realign itself to the center after a pointy veer to the far proper through the Trump years.