Former Fox News analyst and retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, who quit the network with harsh words about its propaganda.
On Friday evening, Peters spoke to Ari Melber about the way the network has handled Trump’s immigration crisis on MSNBC. Melber ran footage of Fox News personalities calling migrant children locked in cages “actors” and referring to toddlers being imprisoned away from their parents as being like “summer camp.”
Peters said he could never support such propaganda.
“For many years, Fox, whatever you may think of it, it was a legitimate and indeed necessary outlet for conservative and libertarian views,” he said. “But in the age of Trump it’s turned into a destructive propaganda machine for the Trump administration. And I had to leave. I had no choice. Because, as a military officer, Ari, I took an oath, a solemn oath, to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
“The evening hosts for the most part are intelligent people. They are savvy. They didn’t get there by being dummies,” Peters said “And they know what they are doing. They understand that they are doing propaganda. But they have drunk the Jonestown Kool Aid, brother.”
Peters saved special invective for Sean Hannity.
“Sean is different from other evening hosts in that he is a true believer,” he said. “Sean Hannity believes much, if not all, of what he says… Direct access to the president of the United States, to the White House, thinking the president is your chum it is extremely is a seductive. So people have been seduced.”
LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."
Here are some of the videos of the scene:
A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020
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WATCH: Trump reveals how he can manipulate Democrats to help him put Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court
President Donald Trump spoke about his plans for the Supreme Court during a Friday night campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Trump took the stage before news was announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died and appeared to not know of the Supreme Court vacancy.
Trump explained to his audience why he had put Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his shortlist for a Supreme Court nomination.
“I said, you know, I have to have someone that we’re going sure we get approved and the only one I could think of is Ted, because he’s going to get 50 Republican votes and he’s going to get 50 Democrat votes — they’ll do anything to get him out of the Senate," Trump said.