As we count the increasing number of days in the Trump Shutdown, we simultaneously count down the remaining days in Donald Trump’s illegitimate presidency. Every day that goes by brings us that much closer to his removal from office. While his diminishing support base continues to rally around him, it appears that he may slowly be losing the full backing of some of his most trusted allies.
It has been said that if Fox News had existed in the early 1970s, Richard Nixon may not have been forced to resign, even after his illegal participation in the Watergate scandal became public. In spite of new evidence of Trump’s criminal, and possibly treasonous, actions coming to light practically daily, the only reason he is not losing more devotees is thanks to near constant lies and propaganda emanating from Fox News. Unfortunately for Trump, it would seem that his last bastion of hope is crumbling before our eyes. While Trump can likely count on Fox talking heads such as Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs going down with the ship, some other Fox personalities are increasingly calling out the lies.
When Trump’s Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders went on Fox News Sunday last weekend, she likely believed that she was among allies who would not challenge her lies. After Sanders made a false statement concerning immigrants, host Chris Wallace shot back, “Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. I know this statistic. I didn’t know if you were going to use it, so I studied up on this.”
Following Trump’s Tuesday night Oval Office address filled with lies, Fox News’ Shep Smith provided a fact check analysis on the fear mongering statements. Despite Trump doing his best to paint immigrants as monsters who seek out and commit crimes for fun, Smith stated, “Statistics show that there is less violent crime by the undocumented immigrant population than by the general population.”
Perhaps one of the strangest, and yet unexplained, situations relating to Fox News involves social media. The Fox News Twitter account has been silent for more than two months, with their last tweet occurring on November 8th. There are numerous rumors swirling about what caused this sudden Twitter hiatus. Regardless of the reason, things at Fox News certainly appear to be changing. Could this possibly be the end of Fox News as we know it? If that’s the case, we’re likely also witnessing the end of the Trump administration as well.
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