This could actually play out really, really interestingly.
Fox&Freunde viewers have historically been far more pro-Trump than pro-F&F, as is arguably true for the rest of the network. Remember that Fox’s transition into state media was led far more by the viewers than the network itself – through most of the primaries Fox was actually pretty openly anti-Trump; only embracing him when their viewers started to revolt.
Additionally, Trumpeteers are preternaturally good at scouring the Internet for shit exactly like this screenshot, so it’s guaranteed to come up. Side note – I know it’s taboo to praise Trump supporters here but I wish the left would recognize how effective they’ve been at converting Internet participation into meaningful political actions. Those actions might be evil as fuck, but the underlying principle of “work together to divide up large, labor intensive projects in order to work towards realistic incremental goals” is a demonstrably effective approach towards achieving political change.
The thing is, Fox has to know this screenshot exists. Like they didn’t all forget their fearmongering but in a way so thoroughly that they felt confident potentially pissing off Trump without even looking into it; that would be insane. They also almost certainly know that Trump has a history of viciously attacking Fox for anything less than perfect absolute loyalty, and that he’s absolutely petty enough to go to war over simple shit like this. I mean fuck, this is at least as significant as “was that Hurricane going to hit Alabama” and that lasted for like a week, only culminating after escalating to a genuine threat to public security as NWS of all fucking orgs got politicized.
They’re throwing Molotov cocktails here. Right or wrong, this could start a war. Plus, this is literally Fox – it’s not like playing along and claiming that yes there absolutely is a war on Thanksgiving and liberals are trying to rename it because they hate America would be beneath their integrity here.
Donning my tinfoil hat: what does Fox & Friends know that I don’t which makes this make sense? Is retaliation genuinely unlikely for some reason, perhaps due to health issues? Are their viewers beginning to realize how overwhelming the evidence against Trump is, to the extent that betrayal is a good idea?
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