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Fox News’ Brit Hume Rips Trump’s ‘Ridiculous’ Tweet ‘Bragging’ About TV Ratings During Pandemic

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Fox News’ Brit Hume Rips Trump’s ‘Ridiculous’ Tweet ‘Bragging’ About TV Ratings During Pandemic




Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume ripped into President Trump for a tweet bragging about the ratings of his coronavirus task force briefings, calling it “ridiculous” and saying “he could stop talking much sooner to give Pence, Fauci, Birx and Giroir more time.”

“This is a ridiculous tweet. He could get his views across without bragging, endlessly repeating himself, and getting into petty squabbles with the junior varsity players in the WH press corps,” Hume tweeted to his 1.1 million followers.

“And he could stop talking much sooner to give Pence, Fauci, Birx and Giroir more time,” Hume added, referring to Vice President Pence, coronavirus task force coordinators Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, and Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir.



“The Wall Street Journal always ‘forgets’ to mention that the ratings for the White House Press Briefings are ‘through the roof’ (Monday Night Football, Bachelor Finale, according to @nytimes) & is only way for me to escape the Fake News & get my views across. WSJ is Fake News!” Trump tweeted on Thursday.

Trump was responding to a Wall Street Journal editorial titled “Trump’s Wasted Briefings,” that called out his attacks on the press, governors and his critics during his daily White House coronavirus briefings as “off-key” given the severity of the pandemic that has killed thousands of people in the U.S.

“A friend of ours who voted for President Trump sent us a note recently saying that she had stopped watching the daily White House briefings of the coronavirus task force. Why? Because they have become less about defeating the virus and more about the many feuds of Donald J. Trump,” the Journal’s editorial board wrote Wednesday.




“The briefings began as a good idea to educate the public about the dangers of the virus, how Americans should change their behavior, and what the government is doing to combat it,” the editorial continued. “They showed seriousness of purpose, action to mobilize public and private resources, and a sense of optimism. Mr. Trump benefitted in the polls not because he was the center of attention but because he showed he had put together a team of experts working to overcome a national health crisis.”

The Journal’s editorial board urged Trump to cede center stage at the briefings to Vice President Mike Pence and his top health officials, who have regularly appeared at the briefings but have primarily waited to provide updates until the president delivers his own remarks.





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