Fox News host Neil Cavuto stunned and angered some of his viewers Thursday when he offered an extended critique of President Trump and recent developments in his administration.
Here's the video of his scathing commentary:
Here's what he said
"President Trump is fond of calling out the media on fake news," Cavuto began, "but is he the one giving them real ammunition? Maybe not intentionally, I'll even give you the benefit of the doubt, Mr. President, say maybe not deliberately. But consistently, way too consistently."
"So let me be clear, Mr. President, how can you drain the swamp if you're the one who keeps muddying the waters?" he challenged.
"You didn't know about that $130,000 payment to a porn star until you did," he explained. "You said you knew nothing about how your former lawyer Michael Cohen handled this, until acknowledging today you were the guy behind the retainer payment that took care of this."
"You insist that money from the campaign or campaign contributions played no role in this transaction, of that you're sure," he added. "Thing is not only 24 hours ago, sir, you couldn't recall any of this, and you seemed very sure."
"Not a Never Trumper, just always confused."
"Now I'm not saying you're a liar," Cavuto continued, "you're president, you're busy, I'm just having a devil of a time figuring out which news is fake."
"Let's just say your own words on lots of stuff give me, shall we say, lots of pause," he continued.
"Like the time you said the Russian didn't interfere in the 2016 election, until a lot of Republicans had to remind you they did," he added. "You came back months later and you said, 'well I never said that Russians didn't meddle in the election,' when in fact, you had. A lot."
"Now none of this makes me a Never Trumper," Cavuto said, "just always confused."
"Like when you claimed your tax plan was the biggest in U.S. history, when it wasn't," he continued. "Or the bill that you signed that would make it all happen would cost you a fortune, when it turns out it is going to help you make a bigger fortune. Or that your job approval numbers really aren't that bad relative to other presidents at this stage, when they're actually worse than most presidents at this stage."
"That can change," he said, "but what's weird is that this pattern does not."
"Like that time when you said rumors of Rex Tillerson's departure at the State Department were false, until they weren't," Cavuto continued. "Or that your former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, wasn't going anywhere, until he was. Or your economic adviser Gary Cohn was doing a great job, until he wasn't. When you absolutely loved Steve Bannon until you didn't."
"Swore by [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions until you started swearing at Jeff Sessions," he added. "Had your legal team locked in place until it wasn't. Denied reports you were ever thinking of firing [special counsel] Robert Mueller even as you now threaten getting involved at the Justice Department."
"Now none of this makes you evil," Cavuto explained, "but I'm sure you can understand why even your friends say your inconsistencies don't make you look good or do anything to help you advance your policies, many of which are very good."
"Exaggerations and omissions and misstatements"
"It is not that these exaggerations and omissions and misstatements are now and then, more like now and then something else," Cavuto continued, "always something else."
"Like the time you claimed that you signed more bills than any president ever, neglecting to mention the other four presidents, FDR, Truman, Carter and Clinton, who all signed more," he explained. "Or brag about the national debt going down by $12 billion after your first month in office, even though it soared by nearly a trillion bucks now that you're fifteen months in office."
"But its not what you are omitting, Mr. President," he said, "it is what you keep stating and never correcting."
"Like when you said there was a serious voter fraud in New Hampshire, and there wasn't," Cavuto began. "Said the same about repeated claims of voter fraud in Virginia, and there weren't. Or that millions of illegals voted in the last election but they didn't. Or the time you talked up your massive landslide in the electoral college, even though three out of four presidents before you had bigger electoral vote landslides in their elections."
“That's your stink."
"Again," he said, "none of this makes what you say fake, just calling out the press for being so, a bit of a stretch."
"Your base probably might not care, but you should," Cavuto added. "I guess you're too busy draining the swamp, to ever stop and smell the stink you're creating."
"That's your doing," he said. "That's your stink."
"Mr. President," he concluded dramatically, "that's your swamp."
"Disgraceful, anti-Trump tirade."
Some Fox News viewers responded angrily to the critique on social media.
I will NEVER watch @TeamCavuto again! Running his big mouth about our president! Accusing him of fake news. Whatev… https://t.co/8ZrabzZwb3— LORI HENDRY (@LORI HENDRY) 1525381174.0
Damn Neil Cavuto, that was one of the most pathetic rants I've ever heard , you sounded like a complete idiot for 4 straight minutes, now like Shepard Smith, you lose my viewership forever🖕🏼✌🏼
— 🇺🇸Manko🇮🇱 (@DoitchxBig) May 3, 2018
It took a while to express your hate for Trump Neil cavuto @TeamCavuto . What swamp did Trump create? Screw you.. a… https://t.co/clarNAtofp— Mrs.Soto (@Mrs.Soto) 1525381284.0
Sat in stunned silence as you trashed the President I love. That wasn't tough love or playing devil's advocate. It was a disgraceful, anti-Trump tirade. While I've always been in your corner and cheered your recovery, I will never again tune in to your show.
— Sheila (@Sheilasview2016) May 3, 2018