Appearing on MSNBC’s “AM JOY” with guest host Tiffany Cross, Vanity Fair journalist Gabriel Sherman said Donald Trump’s chances of staying in office hinge on working with Fox News personalities and should the network turn on him — specifically as the coronavirus pandemic grows worse — he stands no chance of being re-elected.
Asked by host Cross if there is “any way to penetrate that layer of ignorance of the Fox News viewer or the Fox News anchor,” Sherman said that is the only thing that is keeping the president’s re-election hopes afloat.
“You know, what you pointed out is that Fox News is really the last line of defense that Donald Trump has,” Sherman explained. “Consistently Donald Trump’s approval ratings have been in the low 40s to low 30s. That is largely because that 30 percent core of supporters that are unmovable are the diehard Fox News viewer.”
“If Fox News did start reporting the truth and reporting on the carnage that this president has brought, you would see Donald Trump’s approval ratings collapse into the teens, I have no doubt about that,” he added. “The role of Fox News in this election, as far as Donald Trump is concerned, is to keep that base in line that he needs to win in November.”
Adding that the president is seeing his polls slipping,” Sherman revealed, “He is reaching out for campaign advice. As we saw over the weekend, clearly the advice from Fox News is to pivot hard to his nativist angry white base. That’s the role that Fox News is going to play from now through November.
Trump claims ‘men are insulted’ because Biden might pick a Black woman vice president
President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that "men are insulted" because presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is expected to pick a Black woman as a running mate.
"He roped himself into a certain group of people," Trump told Fox Sports Radio, referring to Biden's vice presidential pick. "Some people would say that men are insulted by that. And some people would say it's fine."
He went on to insist that "people don’t vote for the Vice President.”
“In the end it doesn’t really matter," Trump said.
Trump in a radio interview on Biden's process for choosing VP suggests that he insulted men by limiting himself to a woman. He adds, "People don't vote for the vice president."
Trump has a plan to steal the election — here’s the risky way Dem voters can thwart it: columnist
President Donald Trump has been simultaneously attacking mail-in voting even as his administration's officials have been slowing down the United States Postal Service's deliveries in the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie believes that the president is going to claim victory on election night if early results show him ahead, and then try to block the counting of any ballots that have been sent through mail.
Trump thinks his re-election problem is that voters aren’t seeing enough of him: White House reporter
President Donald Trump is gambling that voters want to see even more of him on television, as his re-election chances dim.
As the campaign enters its final months, the president has wanted to claim the spotlight for himself by reviving his coronavirus briefings, inserting himself into pandemic relief negotiations and accepting the GOP nomination from a dramatic -- but ethically problematic -- location such as the White House or Gettysburg battlefield.
"There seems to be a lot less to these executive actions, not even executive orders, than the White House initially framed," said Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "This was a political move in many ways. This was the president trying to stay on the sidelines for the first few weeks of the negotiations, trying to insert himself in the center of it, to make himself a man of decisive action, breaking through the Washington gridlock."