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Mon Jul 15, 2019, 02:25 PM

Of Course, Fux Noise Delighted in Trump's Racist Tweet

President Donald Trump’s propaganda media arm, Fox News, reveled in the president’s racist tweet that told “Progressive Democrat Congresswomen” to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came.” It’s yet another clearly racist remark from our vile racist-in-chief, this time aimed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Because, according to Trump, you’re not American if you’re not white.


As correspondent Griff Jenkins read Trump’s tweet aloud, the other hosts giggled, and Jedediah Bila remarked, “Someone’s feeling very comedic today,” and Todd Piro referred to Trump as “comedian-in-chief.” Piro then derided the congresswomen by saying that they speak in “inspirational memes” and mocking their social media presence. “This is real life. The words you say have consequences,” Piro said, as if the president’s racist comments about these women don’t have consequences that come in the form of direct threats to their lives and their safety.

But more than just endorsing the president’s racism, Fox News likely prompted the tweet from the president, as Matthew Gertz, senior fellow at Media Matters, pointed out on Twitter. Gertz noted that just 20 minutes before Trump’s tweets, the network ran a segment about “the Squad,” as the congresswomen have dubbed themselves, and aired clips of Tlaib and Pressley speaking at Netroots Nation. Gertz also said that Tucker Carlson has gone on extended rants about Omar in recent days, saying, “Our country rescued Ilhan Omar from the single worst place on Earth… How did Omar respond to the remarkable gift we gave her? She scolded us, and called us names.”


Since the beginning of his presidency, Trump has often tweeted seemingly in response to programming on Fox News, even going so far as promoting episodes of Sean Hannity on his Twitter account. And it has been reported that the president prefers to watch Fox and Friends as his version of a morning briefing, often tweeting about specific segments. Trump even brought along Fox News host Tucker Carlson to his North Korea meeting with Kim Jong-Un. His tweet about these four congresswomen of color seems to be yet another example of Fox influencing the president’s thinking and tweeting.


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