If you wanted an indication of Republican messaging for the 2018 midterms, look no further than Wednesday morning’s episode of Fox & Friends.
It’s trite by now to say the Fox & Friends is President Donald Trump‘s cable news mouthpiece. The feedback loop between the president and the morning show is well documented.
But Trump wheeling out his 2018 midterm messaging strategy at a rally on Tuesday night showed just how glaring Fox & Friends‘s role as a communications arm for his administration has become.
The president labeled House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi an “MS-13 lover” at his rally, in reference to her recent defense of undocumented immigrants.
The puerile and dishonest remark echoed a doomy GOP ad that debuted Tuesday night, which also mischaracterized Pelosi’s kind words about immigrants.
Here’s the backstory: Trump recently called MS-13 gang members “animals,” but his remarks were confusing, and many Democrats mischaracterized them as referring to immigrants in general. Pelosi responded, assuming Trump was calling immigrants “animals,” and stating instead “we’re all God’s children.”
Now, her comments about immigrants are themselves being mischaracterized as referring to MS-13 gang members. The cycle of stupidity continues.
It’s a cunning spin of Pelosi’s comments, but it’s also false, dishonest, and hypocritical — given the GOP outcry at the misinterpretation of Trump’s “animals” remark.
On Fox & Friends, that nuance was not picked up on. The sunny breakfast show played Trump’s derisive comments about Pelosi repeatedly throughout the three hour broadcast, and its hosts repeated his comments themselves, without challenging them.
At one point, as a massive graphic loomed showing Pelosi and Chuck Schumer alongside an MS-13 gang member, head covered in tattoos, Fox News host Pete Hegseth declared Trump is “forcing Democrats to defend the indefensible.”
“Which I think puts them in a pretty tough spot,” Hegseth continued. “How do you defend MS-13?”
“Tough, but Nancy Pelosi kept saying last night — Nancy Pelosi, she loves MS-13,” Ainsley Earhardt said. It was a nonsensical comment, but it drove the message home: Pelosi ♡ MS-13.
Again: Pelosi never defended MS-13, she defended immigrants. Trump can be expected to bend the truth to smear his opponents, but the top-rated cable news morning show should be held to some standard of truth.
Watch above, via Fox News.
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