President Donald Trump on Friday suggested that Fox News host Neil Cavuto could “get the same treatment” as former anchor Shepard Smith following an appearance from RealClearPolitics editor A.B. Stoddard.
“So [Cavuto] has very bad ratings on [Fox News] with his Fake guests like A.B.Stoddard (sic) and others that still haven’t figured it all out,” Trump tweeted Friday afternoon. “Will he get the same treatment as his friend Shepherd Smith, who also suffered from the ratings drought?”
Smith left Fox News abruptly last October after more than 20 years as a network anchor. He faced frequent criticism from Trump and Fox colleague Tucker Carlson toward the end of his time at the network.
Stoddard, an associate editor and columnist at RealClearPolitics, appeared on Cavuto’s show earlier this week, and compared former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s poor showing at his first Democratic presidential debate to Trump’s performances in 2016.
“I think that Donald Trump had disastrous debate performances,” she said. “Many answers were so cringeworthy you just couldn’t even believe he was still standing on the stage — and he’s president.”
Trump subsequently lashed out at Stoddard on Twitter, saying she has “zero talent,” and spent about 20 minutes complaining about the segment during a rally in Colorado Springs on Thursday, according to Vox, saying that “nobody likes” Cavuto before taking several minutes to defend his debate performances and polling numbers.
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