Support for impeachment is gradually rising, and Donald Trump is starting to get very worried. His vile decision to betray our Kurdish allies has managed to alienate even some of his most stalwart Republican supporters in the House and Senate. On top of that, his once impenetrable Fox News firewall has cracked, as some of the more honest talking heads have lost their fear of criticizing him. That, in turn, could end up leaking into the houses of GOP voters around the country and help to gradually turn them against the president.
This morning, Trump took to Twitter to whine about a recent Fox News poll which showed a record high approval for the impeachment inquiry: 51% of respondents say Trump should be impeached and removed from office while only 40% oppose the impeachment proceedings altogether.
In his little morning tweets, the president claimed that Fox News polls have “NEVER” shown good numbers for him, a funny claim to make about a network which has long been a de facto propaganda machine for him.
“Whoever their Pollster is, they suck,” Trump said, demonstrating that incredibly unpresidential rhetoric he loves so much. He went on to complain that Fox News is “much different than it used to be in the good old days,” presumably referring to when Fox refused to allow any kind of unflattering coverage of his disastrous administration.
The president singled out Judge Andrew Napolitano, an increasingly critical voice of Trump on the network. Trump claimed Napolitano wanted to be on the Supreme Court but that he “turned him down” and that he’s become “terrible ever since.” The judge did tell friends in the past that he was on the president’s shortlist for a while, which is frankly embarrassing for Trump since it reveals he was considering appointing someone to our highest court simply because he’d seen him on TV. Beyond that, it’s unfair to presume that Napolitano’s completely fair and accurate criticisms of the president are grounded in bitterness. Unlike Trump, not everyone is motivated by petty grievances.
Trump then whined about Shep Smith, another frequent detractor of his on Fox and took a shot at Donna Brazile, a former interim chair of the DNC, because clearly the president hates for his favorite network to host the opinions of anyone other than far-right lunatics.
“@FoxNews doesn’t deliver for US anymore. It is so different then it used to be,” Trump wrote. He ended with a pathetic pat on the back: “Oh well, I’m president!”
The caveat one immediately thinks to add is: not for long.
The president’s misinformation apparatus is breaking down and without that he’ll be reduced to vainly tweeting all hours of the day and night. More and more, it looks like the end of the worst presidency in history is drawing near.
…Court Justice & I turned him down (he’s been terrible ever since), Shep Smith, @donnabrazile (who gave Crooked Hillary the debate questions & got fired from @CNN), & others, @FoxNews doesn’t deliver for US anymore. It is so different than it used to be. Oh well, I’m President!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.