Donald Trump appears to be both angry and confused by the Bernie Sanders town hall on Fox News Monday night, judging by the fact that he posted about Sanders four times in one day after pretty much ignoring him for years. He called it “weird” to watch “Crazy Bernie” on his favorite show, seemed displeased that Fox anchor Bret Baier and the “audience” (quotation marks are Trump’s) were smiling at some points, and finished the tweet with “and now we have @donnabrazile?”
If you’re confused, and you probably are, Fox News is apparently looking to hire former Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile as a regular contributor to the network. When Trump gets upset, you never know what subjects are going to jump on board a vaguely related topic.
Later, Trump posted three in a row about Bernie, first claiming that Fox News for some reason stuffed the audience with Bernie fans and left “Many Trump Fans & Signs” outside, while also claiming that he personally revitalized the town that the town hall took place in and also thanked himself in the third person.
Many Trump Fans & Signs were outside of the @FoxNews Studio last night in the now thriving (Thank you President Trump) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the interview with Crazy Bernie Sanders. Big complaints about not being let in-stuffed with Bernie supporters. What’s with @FoxNews?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019
He followed up by saying that Bernie should pay the pre-Trump tax rate on his income, which was recently revealed when Bernie released his tax returns (while Trump still hasn’t), even though the Senator voted against the rich people tax cuts. This might seem fair at first glance, but let’s be real – do we really want more money in the hands of the Trump administration? He’d just use it for his wall.
Bernie Sanders and wife should pay the Pre-Trump Taxes on their almost $600,000 in income. He is always complaining about these big TAX CUTS, except when it benefits him. They made a fortune off of Trump, but so did everyone else - and that’s a good thing, not a bad thing!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019
Lastly, Trump doubled down on the “Crazy Bernie Sanders” nickname to declare his prediction for the Democratic primaries.
I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)! I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019
Is Trump planning on passing a law that requires all failed presidential candidates be executed? That’s quite a gamble for the man celebrating an inflated approval rating of 53 percent.
Trump has good reason to be confused and furious (confurious), as the “audience” for last night’s town hall was quite supportive of Bernie in spite of Fox News’ reputation as a right-wing mouthpiece that likes to stack anything it does full of its most brainwashed conservative followers. It wasn’t all good for Bernie, as he was heckled and frequently interrupted while trying to answer questions asked by Turning Point USA coordinators and other far-right plants. However, things took a turn that left the Fox News pundits stunned when the audience cheered for Bernie’s vision of Medicare For All.
And that was just after Bret Baier asked the crowd if they would be willing to switch to a Medicare For All kind of programs.
Even as Martha MacCallum continuously interrupted and tried to derail anything Bernie said about healthcare, the minute he said “you’re not gonna pay any health insurance premiums,” the crowd went wild.
It’s no wonder Trump is feeling alarmed and threatened by this town hall. Not only is Medicare For All a popular concept that is getting more bipartisan support among the common people daily, Bernie Sanders himself keeps coming out ahead of Trump in the polls. Even the latest Fox News polls are showing that Bernie (and Joe Biden) are more popular than Trump.
NEW Fox News Poll shows if the election were held today, registered voters say they would pick @JoeBiden and @BernieSanders over @realDonaldTrump.@ewarren and @KamalaHarris trail Trump narrowly.— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) March 24, 2019
(Sanders, Warren & Harris are within the margin of error.) pic.twitter.com/rYXF2hXNR2
Is Fox News actually looking at real data and turning away from Trump? It doesn’t seem likely, but let’s look at that Trump tweet again.
Very strange indeed, Trump. Could it be that Bernie Sanders is simply a far better politician and smarter, more likable human being than you ever could be? Uh oh.
Lefty Twitter is definitely enjoying the uncertainty in this tweet.
Sometimes things make so much sense that even those who are partially brainwashed come to it, if only just for a moment.— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) April 16, 2019
You scared?— Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian) April 16, 2019
“interesting” is a smiley and nice choice of word here— Dan Bacarella (@danbacarella) April 16, 2019
.— EyeOfNewt (@NorthFish327) April 16, 2019
I wouldn't throw the word 'crazy' around too much. Just saying.
Not as weird as a president who does nothing but watch FOX News.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 16, 2019
Grab another MyPillow, a trash bag of of quarter pounders and be on your way you demented old ham— Rogue WH Snr Advisor (@RogueSNRadvisor) April 16, 2019
Ya know, it occurred to me: you have only 59 Million followers, vs 100 Million for PRESIDENT Obama.— Paul Lee Ticks (@PaulLeeTicks) April 16, 2019
59 Million followers for a SITTING president is pretty lame - and MOST of that 59M is made up of people that absolutely DETEST you, like me - so it's even worse than it looks.
Trump getting absolutely destroyed on his own Twitter timeline. pic.twitter.com/HDkqsw8TVq— Adriel Hampton (@adrielhampton) April 16, 2019
Haven’t you heard? Fox is trying to distance themselves from you prior to your humiliating landslide defeat and subsequent indictment.— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) April 16, 2019
That way, when you go to prison for money laundering, bank fraud and tax evasion they can point to how they dumped you.
Bernie was getting a lot of love last night with the Dems and the Republicans. @realDonaldTrump is going to need some really great lies about healthcare when he starts campaigning!— Joan McLean (@joamclean) April 16, 2019
And Bernie got the HIGHEST RATINGS of any Town Hall so far. Jealous? Scared?— Sudesh Prasad (@therealsudesh) April 16, 2019
so weird to watch Orange Screwloose in the Oval Office— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 16, 2019
The audience loved Bernie and Fox didn't know what to do. Ha ha— Linda Tashman (@Cupcakelb) April 16, 2019
Did you hear them cheer when he asked if they were against huge tax breaks for the rich, b/c I did.— RobbiesHat (@RobbiesHat) April 16, 2019
Meanwhile, righty Twitter was as upset and confused as Donny, and are starting to turn on Fox News, calling it “CNN-lite.”
Other than to watch a few favorites, I’ve tuned out Fox News. I do not want to watch CNN-lite.— CC (@ChatByCC) April 16, 2019
Remember how Megyn Kelly’s career soared after she pandered to the left?
Never-Trumper Baier was an embarrassment. He sat there like a mannequin and didn't challenge Bernie on any of his far flung, crazy ideas.— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) April 16, 2019
Unfortunately that's a reflection of the direction Fox is headed. Off the left-wing deep end!
I guess Fox News was not happy with their high ratings due to Trump supporter viewership.— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) April 16, 2019
Fox has gone liberal true statement !— JW Branding (@JW_Branding) April 16, 2019
Don't trust Fox News entirely either. Yes they have a few good people here and there but they are still part of that MSM mix.— Jack Steffen LPN (@J_Steffen_LPN) April 16, 2019
Replace “wuv” with “the American people preferring good policy over grandiosity and bullying” and this gif is a perfect representation of Trump and his die-hard fans right now: