It’s always a simple matter to determine what and who Fox News is most afraid of at any given moment. It’s revealed in the most obvious manner in how they parcel out their outrage and air time. And as the Republican primary for governor in Georgia approaches, Fox News is, once again, showing their cards.
The Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, Stacey Abrams, is running unopposed in her Party. That’s providing her with a significant advantage over the Republicans who are battling over their current governor, Brian Kemp, and the Donald Trump endorsed challenger, David Perdue, who is presently behind by more than thirty points. Trump despises Kemp because he refused to obey Trump’s illegal commands to overturn Georgia’s election results that affirmed Joe Biden’s victory.
In an effort to impede Abrams’ momentum, The “Curvy Couch” potatoes of Fox and Friends did a segment that was wholly derogatory and dishonest (video below). They played a portion of a recent speech that they deceptively edited and took completely out of context, focusing on a sentence fragment that they could mangle into something incendiary and misleading. What Abrams actually said was that…
“I am tired of hearing about how we’re the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live. Now, somebody’s gonna try to PolitiFact me on this, so let me contextualize. When you’re number 48 for mental health, when we’re number one for maternal mortality, when you have an incarceration rate that’s on the rise and wages that are on the decline, then you are not the number one place to live in the United States. But we can get there.
The part that Fox News glommed onto was the snippet about Georgia being “the worst state in the country to live.” Knowing that unscrupulous right-wingers would try to twist her words, she immediately made it clear that she was talking about some of the areas in which the current GOP governor was failing the people and the state.
That’s actually a common campaign message by a candidate for any office who is challenging an incumbent. You point out the shortcomings of your opponent and explain how you will improve things. And that’s what Abrams did, even promising a brighter future saying that “we can get there.”
However, Fox News left out the optimistic part of Abrams’ speech so that they could falsely accuse her of insulting the state she’s running to lead. And they totally ignore the realities of campaigning that include exposing your opponent’s weaknesses.
What makes this all the more despicable is that Fox News never holds Republicans to the same standard. Especially not their Dear Leader Trump. There is no politician in modern times who has been more offensive in maligning America than Trump. He often refers to the U.S. as weak and stupid. And his vile, anti-patriotic attacks frequently cast the U.S. as a province of Hades. For instance…
- Trump literally called America a “hell hole” while campaigning in 2015.
- Last year Trump said that “Our country is a laughingstock all over the world, and is certainly no longer great. […] it is very sadly going to hell!”
- Even this year Trump lashed out at America saying that “Our country is going to hell!”
Despite Trump’s obvious contempt for America, his disdain for Gov. Kemp is even greater. So he gave a sort of backhanded endorsement to Abrams last September saying that “having her I think might be better than having your existing governor.” What’s more, his anti-Kemp crusade has produced a backlash that is causing Republicans to vow not to vote for Kemp next November.
That could put Abrams in the awkward position of having to thank Trump for his help during her victory speech. Not that Trump really deserves thanks just for being a hate-filled ignoramus.
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