On Monday, former President Donald Trump made waves when he urged his fervent base to turn off Fox News’ Laura Ingraham and to tune into rival channel Newsmax instead.
Ingraham, a once stalwart defender of Trump, recently aired a segment that analyzed polls suggesting that former Florida Governor Ron DeSantis might fare better against incumbent Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential race.
“Laura Ingraham on FoxNews just did a hit piece on me (there go her ratings!)” Trump from his social media platform, Truth Social. He lambasted Ingraham for showing what he believed to be skewed polls that favored DeSantis over him.
The former president then proceeded to share a different poll from Fox, showing him performing better against Biden than DeSantis. “The poll you’re looking at now, which has me doing far better against Crooked Joe, was just put out by FOX, I am sure unhappily,” Trump tweeted.
DeSantis is expected to announce his presidential candidacy during a discussion with Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday, followed by a campaign launch video.
As an alternative to Fox News, Trump pointed his supporters to Newsmax, a conservative media outlet, in particular to Greg Kelly’s show. “Watch Greg Kelly on Newsmax at 10:00 P.M.,” he urged, offering the TV host a hefty endorsement.
The latest Harvard-Harris poll that was released indicated a potential victory for Trump in the 2024 presidential election, with a 7% increase in support from previous surveys.
The poll revealed Trump with 47% support compared to President Joe Biden’s 40%, and an even greater lead against Vice President Kamala Harris at 50% to her 39%.
Data also exposed a significant level of discontent with the current administration, with two-thirds of respondents expressing the belief that the U.S. economy was heading in the wrong direction and half reporting that their personal finances were worsening.
The poll showed a lack of confidence in avoiding a recession and revealed stagnant approval ratings for Biden.
The Republican and Democrat Parties had equal approval ratings at 47%, while congressional approval stood at 36%. Concerns about inflation, immigration, and national debt were increasing as the 2024 election was approaching.