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Through background audio in video footage from his first ride on Air Force One, we know that President Donald Trump watches Fox News. And we also know that he spent an evening watching “Finding Dory” while Americans protested his immigration ban. But what are his favorite television shows?
Trump hasn’t exactly released a list of them, but we can tell what he’s tuning into from comments and his frequent Twitter posts.
The commander-in-chief reportedly watches a lot of TV, particularly for a US president – so much of it, in fact, that people around him are reportedly concerned about it. Meanwhile, he misses most of his daily briefings.
“For a sense of what is happening outside, he watches cable, both at night and during the day – too much in the eyes of some aides – often offering a bitter play-by-play of critics like CNN’s Don Lemon,” The New York Times reported.
Here are the TV shows that Trump watches:
“Fox & Friends”
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This is probably Trump’s favorite show. The president often tweets things that correspond to what’s being said or presented on the show minutes after it airs, or as it’s airing. The hosts of the Fox News morning show also sing his praises on a regular basis, and he’s known to call in to talk to them.
“The O’Reilly Factor”
- “The O’Reilly Factor”/Fox News
In January 2017, Trump’s tweets aligned with reporting on another Fox News show. This time, it was “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Trump tweeted, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the feds!”
The tweet came shortly after a segement on “The O’Reilly Factor” that used the same statistics, and even used the word “carnage.”
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) January 25, 2017
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In late February, Hannity criticized the president for being “a little too sensitive” to criticism, but so far, he’s gotten Trump’s ear more than most.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight”
- Fox News
We also know Trump checks in on Fox News host Tucker Carlson because his comment seeming to suggest a security incident in Sweden, which raised a lot of eyebrows, came from a segment on Carlson’s show.
- Morning Joe
This MSNBC show isn’t exactly Trump’s favorite show. But it used to be one of his favorite shows, back in the early days of his campaign when the hosts covered him in a positive manner. Now the show bluntly criticizes him, his administration, and his policies.
Trump has responded in kind with insults on Twitter, though he’s evidently still watching.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2016
According to Politico, advertisement rates for “Morning Joe” have increased by 200% since Trump won the election.
CNN: “Anderson Cooper 360,” “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon”
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In an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Cooper said that he believes Trump “watches me on CNN probably more than my mom watches me on CNN.” Cooper also told Meyers that “he has texted about people I’m interviewing while I’m interviewing them.”
The Times’ reporting suggests the president isn’t so happy with Don Lemon’s coverage.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
“The Today Show”
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Just a few days before his inaugration, Trump tweeted about “The Today Show,” saying that it was “doing badly.” The NBC morning show, which actually has high ratings, questioned Trump’s claims that he deserves credit for bringing jobs to the US since his election, and he clearly noticed.
No wonder the Today Show on biased @NBC is doing so badly compared to its glorious past. Little credibility!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
“Saturday Night Live”
- “Saturday Night Live”/NBC; YouTube
In 2015, Trump told People magazine that “SNL,” on which he appeared, was his “guilty pleasure.”
“My guilty-pleasure TV show – ‘SNL,’ starring me. They got great ratings. The best ratings in years. It was a terrific success. I enjoyed doing it. It was 50 percent more than Hillary [Clinton]’s show. That makes me feel good.”
But things have changed since, considering the sketch-comedy show’s scathing representation of Trump and his administration. In November 2016, he said it’s “not funny at all” and is “a totally one-sided, biased show.”
.@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
Axios reported that Trump watched “Access Hollywood” every weeknight when Billy Bush was still a host. NBC fired Bush in October 2016 after audio leaked of Bush and Trump having a vulgar conversation about women while shooting “Access Hollywood.”
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According to Axios, “’60 Minutes’ is usually on his DVR.” And a friend of Trump reportedly said, “he’s so old-school that he thinks it’s awesome to go on ’60 Minutes.'”
Following his election in November 2016, Trump was interviewed on the CBS program.
“Meet the Press”
Axios also reported that Trump always watches “Meet the Press” on Sundays.
“The Celebrity Apprentice”
There’s no official word that Trump watches his own show, but he expresses his love for the show and its ratings (especially compared to new host Arnold Schwarzenegger’s). In one tweet, he even referred to himself as a “ratings machine.”
In TV, you can’t give much more love than that.
Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got “swamped” (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017