Nearly Twice As Many People Watched Trump’s Speech On Fox News

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In other words, when it comes to building national engagement, Trump may be The Apprentice but his Democratic foils are the masters.

The president's primetime address on Tuesday night saw both camps drifting even further apart, with Trump declaring a "humanitarian and security crisis" and vowing to protect America, "so help me God" - and Democratic congressional leaders saying Trump is working to "manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration". Initially, Trump insisted Mexico would pay for the boarder wall.

Fox anchor Shepard Smith mercilessly fact-checked the president's almost 10-minute speech from the Oval Office immediately after it ended, breaking down a "number of claims" that were grossly misleading. After Trump talked about crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, Smith said, "government statistics show there is less violent crime committed by the undocumented immigrant population than by the general population". Among the key demo of adults age 25-54, Fox News averaged 1.8 million, compared to 1.4 million demo viewers for CNN while MSNBC failed to crack the 1 million viewer plateau.

"The president said law enforcement professionals have requested the $5.7 billion (for the wall)", Smith said. And CNN finished third with 3,571,000. That prompted a bitter exchange between the two. These recent television appearances have sparked debate about whether networks should air Trump's remarks in real-time.

However, Kimmel said that Trump has made a "big mistake" in his attempts to achieve this.

And yet this time around, all the major networks said they'd provide coverage of the speech. "He played them, and they let them do it".

According to the Hollywood Reporter, more than 40 million people tuned in to watch Trump's speech and the rebuttal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.



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