US PRESIDENT Trump attacked by right-wing media for losing the wall argument

Conservative media turns on Trump for going wobbly on the wall

Fox News, Breitbart and others have stuck with Trump through almost everything — but the wall is different.

Frequent Trump cheerleader Dan Bongino declared while guest hosting for Sean Hannity that members of the president's base "want their wall and they want it now." | Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Politicon
Frequent Trump cheerleader Dan Bongino declared while guest hosting for Sean Hannity that members of the president’s base “want their wall and they want it now.” | Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Politicon

Fox News, Breitbart and others have stuck with Trump through almost everything — but the wall is different.

JASON SCHWARTZ , POLITICO|AIWA! NO!|First there was Rush, Breitbart, Drudge and Ann Coulter, all going at President Donald Trump over his apparent retreat on demands that the spending bill include $5 billion for his long-promised border wall.

That was bad enough.

But then there was Fox News. Even its prime-time programming — normally Trump’s strongest bulwark of support — didn’t spare him. Guest-hosting for Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, frequent Trump cheerleader Dan Bongino led the show with a segment on the wall, declaring that members of Trump’s base “want their wall and they want it now.”

The criticism may have added up: Under intense pressure from conservative media, Trump now appears to be reversing his reversal, with House Speaker Paul Ryan declaring Thursday afternoon that the president will not sign the Senate-passed bill because of “legitimate concerns for border security.”

It was a remarkable turn of events for conservative media, which has by and large excused nearly every bit of trouble that’s cropped up around Trump since he took office. But the wall — an issue Trump himself whipped to prominence during his presidential campaign — may have proven a bridge too far. Particularly once Trump’s favorite network, Fox News, got into the act.

On Wednesday evening, the network led its website — by far the most visited news site among conservatives — with a forlorn-looking picture of the president photoshopped over a dusty segment of border wall, alongside the headline: “TRUMP BACKERS FRUSTRATED: Top conservative figures decry signs of ‘gutless’ retreat on border wall.”

The story it linked to did not mince words, relaying frustration on the right that Trump’s “move has not only broken a campaign promise, but also undermined his credibility as a dealmaker.”

On Thursday morning, “Fox & Friends“ did not hold back either, opening its 6, 7 and 8 a.m. hours with a smash cut that included Rush Limbaugh criticizing Trump and House Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows lobbying for Trump to veto the funding bill.

At one point, guest host Jedediah Bila said, “This is going to be a problem for Republicans. I think a lot of people who voted for President Trump counted on him on this particular issue. I think their feet were to the fire and you see a lot of people around the country saying, ‘Wait, hold on a second; you told us that you weren’t afraid to shut down the government, that’s why we like you. What happened? You just gave in right away.‘”

Fellow guest host Ed Henry tried to argue that Trump had a bad political hand and the border was safer than under President Barack Obama, but host Brian Kilmeade wasn’t having it. “I don’t know, it seems like chaos,” he said.

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