In a Tweet written earlier today, Trump announced he’d be boycotting the historically partisan station.
Earlier today, the world’s most unedited man, Donald Trump, got on Twitter with a particularly hysterical tweet. He, in the grand tradition of all the civil rights struggles he loves to lampoon, decided that he had become a victim of our media, and would be staging a boycott—of Fox News.
[tweet url="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/646716373473853442" author="Donald Trump" handle="realDonaldTrump" text="@FoxNews has been treating me very unfairly & I have therefore decided that I won't be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future." date="2015-09-23" time=""]
While Trump has yet to make clear the specific reasons for his boycott, the network believes it may have something to do with the fact they canceled his scheduled appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor.” According to a statement released by Fox, “When coverage doesn’t go his [Donald Trump’s] 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.”
This is not the first time Trump has complained of unfair treatment by the network. In the past, Trump accused Fox of refusing to publish polls that were favorable to him. When the network hosted a debate, Trump complained of harassment, arguing that he had been victimized by menstruating “bimbo” Megyn Kelly.
Trump remains a real liability for the Republican party, as most (incredibly early) polls have him losing in a match with Hillary, whether as the Republican candidate or as an Independent. While Fox continues to make exhausted claims that they’re “non-partisan,” his success remains a threat both to the network, and the party, they’ve spent years silently developing.
Who knows how long Trump’s boycott will last? After all, this is a man who once supported Hillary Clinton and now seeks to destroy her, who once identified as pro-choice and is now after the Evangelical vote. Principle, for Trump, is a matter of politics, and the boycott will end once he’s decided it’ll benefit him. In the meantime, Trump will find allies in the strangest of places—the American left—even if neither of them will ever call the other “friend.”
(h/t The New York Times)