After a tumultuous pre-election season relationship, the Teflon Don announced on Twitter today that he’s calling it quits with his BFFs over at FOX News — but not before FOX News calls it quits with him, first.
It’s like watching a high school drama played out with an adult and a major media network.
Trump dumps FOX. . .
Trump has something of a history with FOX News. There for a while, the Teflon Don could do no wrong — anything he said, FOX News would rush to his defense. Insult our MIA/POW veterans? McCain started it. It was Chris Rock’s fault. Of course, good things don’t last forever; it takes more than one-sided white knighting to make a relationship last. Bill O’Reilly did call Trump’s immigration plan “Unconstitutional,” after all, and during the FOX-sponsored debates, Trump crossed talking skirt Megyn Kelly.
Even then, FOX stood steadfast beside their sugar daddy.
And it amounted to a whole lot of nothing. Today on Twitter, Trump announced that he was calling it quits with FOX News, complaining that the network hadn’t treated him fairly:
This comes on the heels of Trump renewing his feud with Kelly on Tuesday night.
. . . But FOX swears it dumped him first
In a statement released to TPM, FOX News said that it’d dumped the frontrunner well before the Teflon Don tweeted that he was dumping them.
Donald was scheduled to make a Thursday night appearance on the network before he announced his boycott, and FOX News, like a spurred lover, is announcing that it actually dumped him first:
At 11:45 am today, we canceled Donald Trump’s scheduled appearance on The O’Reilly Factor on Thursday, which resulted in Mr. Trump’s subsequent tweet about his ‘boycott’ of FOX News. The press predictably jumped to cover his tweet, creating yet another distraction from any real issues that Mr. Trump might be questioned about. When coverage doesn’t go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome. He doesn’t seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works in this country.
FOX has no room to criticize Trump for any of his behavior; after 18 hard years of stoking the flames of white Christian male indignation, this is the result. You shall know them by the fruits of their labor has never been more true than it is here.
Time will tell if this spells the end for Trump’s campaign. However, one thing is certain: Trump is doing a wonderful job pointing out how absurd and childish our politics have become. He just isn’t offering any solutions how to fix them.