Fox News has canceled ads purchased by billionaire Democratic donor and philanthropist Tom Steyer to promote his “Join Us” campaign to impeach President Trump, citing “the strong negative reaction to their ad by our viewers” just days after Trump complained about the ad after seeing it during a “Fox & Friends” commercial break, CNN’s Brian Stelter confirmed Monday.
“Due to the strong negative reaction to their ad by our viewers, we could not in good conscience take their money,” Fox News told Stelter.
“If Fox News is siding with Trump and trying to silence us, they must be afraid of what we have to say,” Steyer said in a statement. “It shows no respect for democracy.”
In an appearance on MSNBC, Steyer pointed out the timing of the ad pull in relation to Trump’s tweet and said, “We don’t know why, we don’t know whether it was a request from the White House, but what we do know is that [Fox News is] censoring the voice of [1.6 million] Americans who have an opinion that they’re either scared of or scared to air.”
Steyer’s lawyers have sent a letter to Fox News claiming a breach of contract and what they call “a profound failure of journalistic integrity, a suppression of constitutionally protected speech, and likely a consequence of inexcusable political pressure.”
The Hill added:
Steyer launched his $10 million “Need to Impeach” ad campaign in late October, drawing the ire of Trump, who called Steyer “wacky & totally unhinged.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday downplayed the idea that Democrats will seek to impeach Trump if they take back the House in next year’s midterm elections.
She suggested Democrats will allow the various investigations of Trump to play out in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
“I believe that whatever we do, we have responsibility first and foremost to unify the nation,” she said. “Second of all, you can’t go down any path without the facts and the law. If that’s there, perhaps it will come out in these investigations.”