- A Fox News host deflated her Trump-enthusiast colleagues in an on-air segment.
- The quip from Gillian Turner came in a segment on Trump’s lawsuit against social media companies.
- Turner noted that their love of Trump may cloud their view of his motivations.
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A Fox News host mocked her colleagues on air for their enthusiasm for former President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying: “we know you love the guy like family.”
Hosts were discussing Trump’s lawsuit against Google, Facebook and Twitter in which he accused the companies of censoring him.
Kayleigh McEnany and guest Jesse Watters were particularly positive about his motivations.
Trump filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, immediately garnering praise from other Fox News hosts such as Sean Hannity. At a press conference the same day, he described his bans from Twitter and Facebook as “censorship,” that he alleged was ” unlawful, unconstitutional, and completely unAmerican.”
Discussing it on “Outnumbered,” McEnany – who formerly worked as both a Trump campaign surrogate and his White House press secretary at the same time – said that Trump was “fighting for everyday Americans” with the suit, the Daily Beast reported.
Meanwhile, Watters praised Trump’s “presidential” presentation, saying he was suing on “behalf of the American people,” per the Beast.
“The public are crying out for these laws to be changed,” said Emily Compagno.
Gillian Turner, however, punctured the fawning atmosphere, saying: “I think this lawsuit is a little more self-serving than maybe Jesse and Kayleigh laid out for us a moment ago.”
“We know you love the guy, the former president, like family,” she continued. “I think this is more about his political prospects going into the next election.”
She added that Trump was keen to keep the focus on social media power “not by saying ‘this is for the American people, this suit,’ but by saying ‘I want to fight back because they banned me after January .'”
It was more a “personal beef,” she said.
Watters was undeterred, saying: “Yeah, it’s personal, but he’s also acting on behalf of the millions of Americans that feel basically shaken down by these large corporations.” McEnany interjected to say: “Exactly.”
The lawsuit comes amid bipartisan concern over the might of major social media companies, with a political divide about what exactly the problem is.
Republican lawmakers have frequently grilled tech CEOs over what they consider to be anti-conservative bias. It was a preoccupation during Trump’s presidency, and reached its zenith soon after the riots at the Capitol on January 6, when Trump was banned from Facebook and Twitter.
The scrutiny has appeared to have a chilling effect on Facebook’s willingness to crack down on right-wing disinformation on several occasions. Meanwhile, Democrats such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have pressed tech giants for not taking enough action on political misinformation.