Fox News is playing a dangerous game.
In response to Fox News analyst Brit Hume’s statement on air that “the case can be made that [Trump’s] a loser,” former President Donald Trump disagreed, stating that Hume had it “wrong.”
According to Newsweek, Hume appeared on Fox News’ Special Report to discuss the potential candidates for the 2024 GOP presidential primary, hosted by Rich Edson. Recent preliminary polls have consistently shown Trump with a significant lead in the race for the GOP nomination, surpassing other prominent Republican figures like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence.
However, despite Trump’s strong position, critics have raised concerns about his persistent claims that the 2020 election was stolen and the Republican Party’s losing streak since he assumed a prominent role within the party. These factors could potentially pose challenges for Republicans in the 2024 elections. Trump is considering the possibility of a rematch with his 2020 opponent, President Joe Biden, who is currently the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination.
During his appearance, Hume argued that Trump could be seen as a “loser” because, since his election in 2016, he and his supported candidates have experienced numerous losses in various races. Hume made this point in response to Edson’s question regarding the Republican Party’s losses in the 2018, 2020, and 2022 elections.
A day after Hume’s appearance, Trump took to Truth Social to criticize Hume’s statements. He claimed that Hume had “gotten it wrong” and highlighted that Hume had doubted his chances of winning in 2016. Trump also emphasized that in the 2020 election, he received more votes than any other sitting President in history, while questioning the legitimacy of Biden’s victory. Furthermore, Trump asserted that his endorsements were overwhelmingly successful, contradicting Hume’s assertion that he had experienced many losses.
In the 2020 election, Biden surpassed the previous record set by former President Barack Obama, receiving over 81.2 million votes. Trump, on the other hand, earned approximately 74.2 million votes.
Some Republicans have attributed the disappointing performance of the GOP in the 2022 midterm elections, where the party lost the U.S. Senate and only secured a small majority in the House of Representatives, to Trump. Prior to the elections, Trump endorsed over 250 candidates, with around 82 percent of his endorsed candidates winning their races, as reported by The New York Times.