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Trump attacks Fox News for ‘doing nothing to help Republicans, and me,’ get reelected

It was the president’s second Twitter tirade this week against a network that has generally treated him favorably.

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President Donald Trump launched a Twitter tirade against Fox News on Thursday — the second one this week — accusing the network of “doing nothing to help Republicans” and himself get reelected in November.

The president has been quick to attack the network, especially after host Neil Cavuto criticized the president on Monday for saying he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, despite health experts’ warnings. Trump on Thursday listed Cavuto along with other hosts and contributors he is disgruntled with, calling them “garbage” and adding that Fox News used to be “great.”

“Many will disagree, but @FoxNews is doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected on November 3rd,” the president tweeted. “Sure, there are some truly GREAT people on Fox, but you also have some real ‘garbage’ littered all over the network, people like Dummy Juan Williams, Schumerite Chris…Hahn, Richard Goodstein, Donna Brazile, Niel Cavuto, and many others.”

He continued: “They repeat the worst of the Democrat speaking points, and lies. All of the good is totally nullified, and more. Net Result = BAD! CNN & MSDNC are all in for the Do Nothing Democrats! Fox WAS Great!”

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s remarks.

In a Fox News poll released on Thursday evening, 48 percent of voters said they would vote for former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, if the election were held now, while 40 percent of voters said they would vote for Trump. Biden and Trump were tied at 42 percent in last month‘s Fox News poll.

Trump’s relationship with the conservative network, which has generally covered him favorably, has been rocky in recent months. The president, who frequently criticizes the media, attacked Fox News last month and said it was being fed “Democrat talking points.”

“The people who are watching @FoxNews, in record numbers (thank you President Trump), are angry. They want an alternative now. So do I!” Trump tweeted on April 26.

After lashing out at Cavuto earlier this week, calling him an “idiot,” “foolish,” “gullible” and “an asshole,” the president swung at the network, saying in a tweet that Fox News is “no longer the same.”

“We miss the great Roger Ailes,” the president wrote of the onetime head of the network who resigned in 2016 after multiple accusations of sexual assault. Ailes, who died in 2017, had advised Trump on debate preparation during the 2016 election.

“You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before,” the tweet said. “Looking for a new outlet!”