Donald Trump is back on Fox News: For the first time in almost six months, former President Donald Trump appeared on Fox News Channel for a live interview on Monday, airing numerous grievances to Sean Hannity. As you can imagine, Trump was breathing fire as usual.
Donald Trump and Fox News Make Up?
Back in early March, there were reports of a “soft ban” for Donald Trump on Fox News.
Trump aired numerous grievances, although he did not reference the revelations from the Dominion lawsuit about Fox talent and executives privately ripping Trump in the aftermath of the 2020 election.
Trump did talk a lot about his potential indictment by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
“It’s a new way of cheating in elections,” Trump said of the New York investigation. “It’s called election interference.”
“Well, I deal with it,” Trump said of the possibility that he could be indicted. ”We’re dealing with very dishonest people. We’re dealing with thugs. We’re dealing with people I actually believe that hate our country.”
He also defended himself from the notion that an image he posted to Truth Social, of himself with a baseball bat next to a picture of District Attorney Alvin Bragg, was meant as an endorsement of violence.
“You have to understand that when the story was put up, we didn’t see pictures, we put up a story that was very exculpatory, very good story from the standpoint of what we’re talking about,” Trump said of that post. “They put up a picture of me where I was holding the baseball bat at the White House…Then they put next to that picture, a picture of Alvin Bragg. I didn’t do it. They did it.”
Trump had posted a story on Truth Social by a pro-Trump website called National File, which had placed the baseball bat photo and the Bragg photo side-by-side.
Trump Goes After Ron DeSantis
Donald Trump also ripped his likely future opponent, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, in the interview, claiming that DeSantis went to him with “tears in his eyes” to ask for an endorsement for governor in 2018, and once again claimed credit for DeSantis’ election that year.
“He would be working either in a pizza parlor place or a law office right now, or a law office, and he wouldn’t be very happy,” Trump said of DeSantis.
He also stated that while he and DeSantis were never “friends,” DeSantis was among members of Congress who defended Trump during his first impeachment trial. The comments made clear that Trump endorsed DeSantis because DeSantis had shown loyalty to him and expected that loyalty in return.
Trump’s campaign has sent signals, according to reports, that anyone who works for DeSantis will be blackballed from any future jobs with the Trump campaign or a second Trump Administration.
Just because Trump was back on Fox News doesn’t mean Fox has become all-in on him again. On Laura Ingraham’s show Monday night, New York Post writer Miranda Devine criticized Trump for constantly talking about his own grievances.
“I hope that at some point Donald Trump does flip to the future, instead of dwelling on the past,” Devine said on the show.
“Because he looks like someone who is full of grievance and anger, not like he was in 2016, and like we knew him as president, really a sunny person who focuses on serious issues and does them with panache, not someone who is constantly dwelling on grievance.”
Questionable as the characterization of then-President Trump as a “sunny person” might be, Devine was soon interrupted by the show’s other guest, former Trump speechwriter Stephen Miller, although Ingraham appeared to take Devine’s side.
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