Now that Donald Trump has become more toxic than ever, not everyone at Fox News likes him anymore. Or perhaps we should say that because Trump isn’t as popular with Fox News’ conservative audience as he used to be, the Fox News personalities who have always thought Trump was garbage are now finally allowed to say it.
Whatever the reason behind it, Judge Andrew Napolitano has been increasingly using his Fox News airtime to expose Donald Trump’s scandals. This week Napolitano spelled out how Trump’s obstruction of justice antics were in fact criminal in nature. The segment was so influential, Rachel Maddow ended up airing portions of it on MSNBC. Suffice it to say that Napolitano has gotten under Trump’s skin, and sure enough, it prompted Trump to stage a berserk late night meltdown.
Late on Saturday night, Donald Trump tweeted this rabid gibberish: “Thank you to brilliant and highly respected attorney Alan Dershowitz for destroying the very dumb legal argument of “Judge” Andrew Napolitano. Ever since Andrew came to my office to ask that I appoint him to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I said NO, he has been very hostile! Also asked for pardon for his friend. A good “pal” of low ratings Shepard Smith.”
We’re not even sure where to start with this. There does appear to be at least a morsel of truth in there, as Politico reported in 2017 that Donald Trump had told Napolitano that he was on the short list for Supreme Court, though that clearly never went anywhere. But that doesn’t matter, as Napolitano’s current legal argument about Trump’s obstruction of justice felonies is rock solid. And the real upshot here is that, as Fox News increasingly turns against Trump, we’re seeing Trump attacking even more Fox News personalities. This can’t possibly end well for Trump, who needs Fox more than it needs him.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report