Neil Cavuto Rips Trump On His Fox News Show & Twitter Is Here For It
When it comes to cable news, President Trump's favorite channel is no secret— that distinction has long gone to Fox News. While the president has tweeted derogatory statements about CNN and MSNBC, he's appeared many times on Fox News, and sometimes even praises the media giant specifically. And that made the unsparing critique of Trump by Fox News host Neil Cavuto all the more surprising for some. Over on Twitter, Cavuto's takedown of Trump was heralded by many as a bold and welcome move for the cable news corporation.
"Last time I checked, you are the president of the United States," Cavuto intoned during a monologue on his show on Monday. "Why don't you act like it?"
Cavuto highlighted Trump's Twitter reactions to two recent news stories that caused the Fox News host to question why the president wasn't acting up to his job title. The first concerned the recent release by China of three UCLA basketball players who had been arrested for shoplifting. In several tweets, Trump complained that LaVar Ball, the father of one of the players, hadn't shown the president enough gratitude for his intervention.
The second Trump tweet Cavuto homed in on was the president's mocking of Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. Cavuto expressed his own disappointment with how the president's attack on one from his own party could threaten passage of tax reform.
Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
Sen. Jeff Flake(y), who is unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on “mike” saying bad things about your favorite President. He’ll be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is “toast.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
Many Twitter users reacted to Cavuto's exasperated exhortation that Trump start acting presidential as a sign that even the president's most loyal supporters have grown weary with his divisive tweets.
FOX NEWS tells Trump "You're The President" why don’t you act like it. This is a sign his base is growing sick of his unpresidential antics & pettiness. His immature racist bullying of people of color & women is a national disgrace &a terrible role model for kids #TuesdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/7kCivw4adP— A.Silver-MeMEs & GIFs (@SilverAdie) November 21, 2017
Even Fox News is done with Trump's #BabyMan routine...— Marc Perrone (@Marc_Perrone) November 21, 2017
'You're The President...
Why Don’t You Act Like It?'
It would be funny, if it wasn't so sad for America.#1u #TuesdayThoughtspic.twitter.com/7JmRCvGY0c
"You're the president, why don't you act like it."— Generalissimo Trump (@Pol_PoTrump) November 21, 2017
While the Fox base may be ignorantly furious, no truer words have ever been spoken on that program.
We got your back Cavuto! #TuesdayThoughts
Wow! You know it’s bad when a @FoxNews host is slamming #Trump! This is common sense by @TeamCavuto: “You’re the President of the United States, why don’t you act like it?!” BOOM! pic.twitter.com/1Vc2CjUTYR— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) November 21, 2017
Fox News has come under criticism for its coverage of Trump, which many argue is journalistically questionable. On the day of Paul Manafort's indictment, Fox News' primetime lineup did their best to downplay and deflect from the day's top story, as Tom Kludt outlines at CNN.
Primetime host Sean Hannity is one of the most staunch Trump defenders. The president regularly name-checks Fox & Friends fondly in his Twitter feed, and for good reason — the morning show has been notable for its incessant support of Trump. Justin Peters even called Fox & Friends the "Authoritarian Today Show" in the title of an op-ed for Slate.
So when someone at Fox News criticizes the president, many sit up and take notice. And Cavuto's monologue was not just raising awareness of differing opinions or offering an outline of the "other side." Rather, Cavuto leveled a biting critique of the president's tweets.
Cavuto was again referring to Trump's anger at LaVar Ball not crediting him for the release of Ball's son and Sen. Flake's comment that the Republican party is "doomed" if it sticks by Trump and Republican candidate Roy Moore.
"Like he's using a bazooka to respond to a pea shooter," Cavuto said. "Is it really necessary?"
Check out Neil's latest Common Sense pic.twitter.com/4r7E6lEqFw— Neil Cavuto (@TeamCavuto) November 20, 2017
Many of the tweets responding to Cavuto raised the possibility that Fox News is changing its coverage because supporting Trump might be a losing economic prospect.
I can't decide if people at FOX have had enough, or believe they are on a sinking ship. It's not as if Trump's doing something new - this is who he always was. Hearing "You're the president, act like it" does nothing to this heinous man. #Ego #Narcissist https://t.co/Up3Lqp7rBc— Gregory G. Allen (@GregoryGAllen) November 21, 2017
Neil Cavuto of @FoxNews Shreds Donald Trump: 'You're The President... Why Don’t You Act Like It?'— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) November 21, 2017
This is a sign that Fox is beginning to realize that if they don't oppose Trump soon, they will be out of business once he's impeached.
Fox News is turning on Trump https://t.co/vMtVKzNfLM— The Independent (@Independent) November 21, 2017
Fox's Neil Cavuto just attacked Donald Trump saying: 'You're The President... Why Don’t You Act Like It?'— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) November 21, 2017
While I said the same thing on January 20th, I'm glad that Fox News is finally realizing that support of @realDonaldTrump WILL NOT ultimately equate to higher ratings.
Of course, there were Twitter defenders of Trump who pointed their criticism at Cavuto.
Cavuto doesn't understand new communications.— ㅤ👁𝘼𝙈𝙀𝙍𝙄𝘾𝘼🇺🇸👁𝙁𝙄𝙍𝙎𝙏👁ㅤㅤㅤ (@TrueNevvs) November 21, 2017
Trump got where he is by ignoring your dinosaur approach of sitting back & accepting the crap they dump on you.
Trump responds to the lies. Trump pushes back. And Trump wins
Go back to the 20th Century @FoxTV
"You're The President"
Yes Cavuto, Trump is the President. Your reminding him with your "You're The President" isn’t necessary.— Deplorable Terry (@tthompie) November 21, 2017
In my opinion, Trumps tweets were 100% on target.
What was his intent?
What needs to be discussed?
Stick to issues when you, Cavuto, figure them out.
Steps to success.
I think it’s funny that the left thinks Trump Supporters give a shit what Neil Cavuto says. He’s just a buffer between Shep the shill and The Five.— BooBoo NyC (@BooBooNyc) November 21, 2017
You're The Presidenthttps://t.co/4ClDy2KuDp
Neil Cavuto's unapologetic critique of Trump's tweeting habit got a lot of attention on Twitter, most of it commending the Fox News host for going where few of his network's big-wigs dare tread. Calling out the president on the cable news station favored overwhelmingly by Trump voters is a big deal indeed.