Trump accused Fox News of “pushing” the Democratic agenda and said if CNN “went conservative” it would be an “absolute goldmine” and help

Former President Donald Trump at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Saturday.Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

  • Donald Trump attacked Fox News and Karl Rove after Rove criticized his handling of documents.

  • Trump also said he would support CNN if the network decided to take a conservative approach.

  • Recent exits at CNN suggest the network is trying to attract a wider audience.

Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Fox News on Sunday, accusing the network of boosting the Democratic agenda and pandering to Republicans rather than Democrats.

“Wow! Fox News is really pushing the Democrats and the Democrats agenda. It’s getting worse every day,” Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social. “So many Democrats were only interviewed with softball questions, and then their Republican counterparts creamed them.”

It’s unclear which interviews Trump was referring to, but he also specifically called out Karl Rove, a former Republican White House official who is now a Fox News contributor.

“RINO Karl Rove is unremarkable, very negative and constantly – He has a big losing record!” Trump said. “It’s not an easy place to be a Republican, especially with all the ‘twisted’ bought ads.” It is unclear which ads he was referring to.

Rove served as a senior adviser and deputy chief of staff during the Bush administration in the 2000s. He has appeared on Fox News several times to discuss the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s handling of government records and the investigation of FBI in early August in Mar-a-Lago.

“None of these documents are his to receive,” Rove said last week, citing the Presidential Records Act.

While criticizing Fox News on Sunday, Trump also said that if rival CNN took a conservative approach, he would support it.

“If ‘low ratings’ CNN ever went Conservative, I’d be an absolute gold mine and I’d help them do it!” Trump said.

Trump’s comments about CNN — a popular target of his since the early days of his presidency — come as the network appears to be shifting its strategy to try to attract a wider range of viewers.

On Friday, CNN’s longtime White House correspondent John Harwood abruptly parted ways with the network shortly after calling Trump a “dishonest demagogue” and saying President Joe Biden’s characterization Thursday of Trump’s MAGA movement as a threat to democracy was “true”.

Brian Stelter also had an abrupt exit from CNN last month. Stelter, whose show and newsletter “Reliable Sources” covered the media, has openly criticized Fox News and other far-right outlets.

The upheaval comes after Chris Licht took over as CNN’s CEO earlier this year following the departure of Jeff Zucker.

Several anonymous CNN employees and former executives told The Washington Post that they saw the recent spate of departures as evidence of Licht’s plans to reposition CNN as an ideologically neutral network by curtailing voices critical of Trump.

Representatives for Fox News and CNN did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

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