(PatriotWise.com)- The news station that once supported former President Donald Trump stabbed him in the back over the weekend.
On Sunday, Fox News adding a disclaimer to give viewers context to comments Trump made at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The subject of the part of his speech was claims of election fraud that he has pushed since the 2020 presidential election last November.
Describing the effort to “rig” the presidential election against him, Trump said at the CPAC:
“And now, it’s also because I got more votes, 75 million, than anybody in the history of the presidency, and far more than Clinton, far more than Obama, and a record 12 more than 2016. Think of it, in the history usually they go down a little bit second term and they win, but they go down a little bit.”
Trump’s speech than progressed to more direct claims about election fraud. It was at that point that Fox News replaced its normal chyron with a disclaimer that read:
“Voting system companies have denied the various allegations made by President Trump and his counsel regarding the 2020 election.”
What a direct stab in the back!
Maybe Trump and his supporters shouldn’t be surprised, though.
In defending itself against a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit filed by voting systems company Smartmatic, Fox News even called out Trump’s claims as lies. In the media company’s official response to the suit, it wrote:
“The press does not lose its protection if the allegations are disproven; instead the reporting is part of the truth-seeking process. That is why virtually every media outlet in the country covered the President’s election-fraud allegations without fear of being sued if they were disproved in court.
“Smartmatic’s efforts to erode that bedrock constitutional protection are dangerous and should be rejected.”
Fox News hasn’t responded to any requests for comments regarding the disclaimer they displayed while Trump was giving his speech at CPAC on Sunday.
Trump used to have a solid relationship with Fox News, and he used to be able to count on them as blind supporters of his cause. That started to change right before the presidential election a little, and then took a much deeper dive following Election Day.
The former president first took major issue with Fox News when they were the first major media network to call Arizona for now-President Joe Biden. This was despite the fact that most other news outlets wouldn’t make that call at that point.
In addition, Trump was particularly vexed with Fox News’ anchors and hosts, most of whom wouldn’t back him when he claimed widespread voter fraud took place.
The week of the presidential election, a few months before Trump had been banned from Twitter, he tweeted:
“@FoxNews daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews.”