Cavuto continued: “If you take this as a preventive measure to fight the virus or, in the worst case, deal with the virus and are in this vulnerable population, you will be killed. I cannot stress this enough. That will kill you. “
Trump, in turn, tweeted half a dozen Twitter posts attacking Cavuto and calling him “idiots”, “fools”, “gullible” and “assholes”. The president chose his own words for the network, say in a tweet that Fox News, which has generally provided cheap coverage of Trump, “is no longer the same”.
“We miss the great Roger Ailes,” wrote the president. “They have far more anti-Trump people than ever before. Looking for a new point of sale! “
Ailes was head of the Fox News network and resigned in 2016 after numerous allegations of sexual harassment. He recommended Trump on preparing the debate during the 2016 elections. Ailes died in 2017.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s comments Monday night. Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News presenter who sued Ailes for sexual harassment, tweeted Trump’s comment with a gif of an angry Kim Richards from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”.
Trump’s relationship with the network has fluctuated in recent months. The president, whose contempt for critical reporting is well documented, fought Fox News last month. claim that it was fed with “democratic topics of conversation”.
“The people who see @FoxNews in record numbers (thanks to President Trump) are angry. You want an alternative now. Me too! “Trump tweeted on April 26th.
Rishika Dugyala contributed to this report.