Trump is Getting His Counter-Terrorism Talking Points Directly From ‘Fox & Friends’ and That’s Dangerous

President Donald Trump is no longer even trying to hide that Fox News is feeding him talking points through his television.

On Wednesday, hours after a terror suspect killed eight people in New York City, Trump raged at Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer while plugging “Fox & Friends” and repeating things he just heard on TV.

“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based,” Trump tweeted.

What a coincidence. The Washington Post reports that “Fox & Friends” had done a segment where they presented the same argument just 14 minutes earlier.

Trump confirmed that he was glued to Fox News by plugging the show in his subsequent tweets.

“We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems,” he wrote. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter). @foxandfriends.”

“’Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europes problems’ said Col.Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness! @foxandfriends,” he added.

The trend is not lost on the Fox hosts.

“If the president is watching, what’s your message to him?” host Ainsley Earhardt asked guest Dan Bongino, the host of a podcast called “The Renegade Republican.”

It appears that Trump was indeed watching as he echoed Bongino’s argument later in the morning.

“Our immigration policy should have one goal, Bongino said. “Only one goal. No other goals. It should be to enhance the prosperity and safety of the United States of America. A diversity visa program? . . . How about a United-States-first immigration program? I mean, really, this is suicidal. This has become a political talking point and not reality. It’s time to wake up to what’s going on. We’re at war here. They’re at war with us, and they’re not interested in politics. They’re only interested in death.”

It was later co-host Steve Doocy who dragged Schumer into the debate.

“People are waking up this morning, and they’re trying to figure out how did this terrorist get into the United States of America?” Doocy said, presumably referring to the president as “people.”

“He came in legally,” he said. “He came in through the diversity visa program. Back in 1990, when the 1990 immigration act was going through Congress, turns out Charles E. Schumer attached his bill — this diversity visa program — to this, which brings in 50,000 visas from a variety of countries, some with known terrorist entities as well.”

Doocy left out the part where Schumer pushed to get rid of the program in 2013 when he led the Senate’s Gang of Eight attempt to reform immigration laws. The bill ended up passing the Senate with bipartisan support but was killed by far-right conservatives in the House.

The problem with “Fox & Friends” is they intentionally do not present the full picture because it may cloud the narrative. The other problem is they push legitimately dangerous viewpoints. It’s one thing when they do it to gin up fear and anger in their very elderly, very white audience but it’s far more dangerous when that very elderly, very white viewer is the president.

Tony Shaffer, the retired Army colonel Trump quoted in his tweet, suggested on the show that the driver of the truck, Sayfullo Saipov, should never have been let into the United States just because of his name.

“I mean, his name itself is Sword of Allah — that’s a clue,” Shaffer said. “So, you know … ”

“And what does that mean?” Brian Kilmeade asked.

“His name, his first name, is ‘The Sword of Allah,’ ” Shaffer said again. “So, that’s not, like, Joe. And I think that was a clue to where he came from. So we have to look at every aspect of every individual to make sure that we’re not importing Europe’s terror problem.”



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