After conservative Bill Kristol hinted enthusiastically about a third-party candidate, Fox News’ Outnumbered joined Donald Trump in smearing him.
Cohost Harris Faulkner began by saying, “Growing tension on the campaign trail after Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol tweeted over the weekend about a third party candidate to keep Donald Trump from the White House.”
Kristol’s tweet read, “Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate—an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.”
Faulkner noted that Donald Trump had been “laying into Kristol” at a press conference and said, “Let’s watch some of that.”
We saw Trump saying, “Don’t forget he said, 'Trump will never run.' The guy is not a smart person. He said, 'Donald Trump will never run.’ Remember? Do you remember? I actually blame you. Why do you put this guy on television? I see him on the different shows. He’s got no credibility, let me tell you. These people are losers. ...He’s trying to drive you guys a little bit nuts.”
Faulkner started in on Kristol, herself, with this snarky comment: “I envision Bill Kristol eating his lunch, looking up at the TV and [Faulkner yelled and feigned choking] ‘My goodness! What’s he doing? What’s he doing?’”
Next, Trump supporter Scott Brown suggested Kristol was drunk tweeting. “I’m curious as to when was it over the holiday weekend. Are we talking during the siesta or the party part of the holiday where he may have thought twice about putting something out like that? Because there’s no third-party, miraculous, incredible, like gifted, wealthy people coming through that door. …The train has left the station.”
Faulkner piled on, “I’m a little confused as to why he thinks he can take off with the train and everybody’s going to jump on that locomotive.”
To underscore the suggestion that everyone should be on the Trump train, Faulkner played a clip from recent Trump-supporter Mitch McConnell telling FOX & Friends a third-party candidate could mean four more years of Obama from Hillary Clinton and that that’s the last thing we need.
But Faulkner was not done taking jabs at Kristol, “Are we all in agreement Bill Kristol is having a horrible day? ‘Cause that was over breakfast so he was probably choking over that too.”
Next up, Clinton critic and Trump defender Eboni Williams made her own attack on Kristol. She said McConnell’s comments represent his acceptance that Trump will be the GOP nominee. That, she claimed “is a reflection of just how out of touch, delusional …Bill Kristol is.”
Faulkner gave a sarcastic, “Awwww.”
Williams claimed to have “great compassion” for Kristol, who feels his voice is not being heard, but said he needs to accept the reality.
Faulkner, of course, had to get in a reference to Clinton. “We never thought at this point we probably would be at a place where Hillary Clinton is having a harder time shaking Bernie Sanders than Donald Trump is having scooping up people like Senator McConnell.”
“The party is uniting behind Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell is a perfect example,” Brown added.
Cohost Sandra Smith noted how Trump is able to turn negative comments about him into a win for himself.
Faulkner got in one swipe at Kristol as she praised Trump some more. “Anybody who has ever been nicknamed by Donald Trump knows that that is a hard branding to shake. Wow.”
Kristol is a former Fox News contributor who reportedly had a falling out with CEO Roger Ailes for refusing to badmouth an Ailes enemy (probably Gabriel Sherman).
Watch the cohosts fall in line behind Trump and Ailes below, from the May 31 Outnumbered.
I once wondered if they’d regret going all in on The Donald. But now I’m sure at some point FOX can easily shove Trump off the curb and under the bus. Watching FOX’s off again, on again faux love affair with #WhinyLittleBitch Der Furor it’s obvious these propagandists can spin anything with a straight face.
NPR covered Kristol’s 3rd party candidate David Knight.
Trump is doing well at this moment in time but it probably won’t take much to derail him.