Fox News Contributor Claims Media 'Think the American People Should Be Punished' for Electing Trump

Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce took a page from President Donald Trump's playbook, attacking the media and accusing news outlets of believing that the American people "should be punished" for electing the president.

Bruce, who is also a Fox Nation host, made the remarks on Monday morning on the Fox News show Fox & Friends. During the segment, the hosts and Bruce discussed a Sunday tweet from Trump claiming that world leaders at the Group of Seven (G-7) Summit in France over the weekend repeatedly asked: "why does the American media hate your Country so much? Why are they rooting for it to fail?"

Instead of questioning the veracity of the president's tweet, Bruce simply accepted it as accurate and agreed that the media in the U.S. are against the country.

"Obviously what we've learned from the media is that they make things up," she said when Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade pointed out that some on Twitter expressed skepticism over the president's claim. "They're in their own separate reality."

Donald Trump at G-7
President Donald Trump, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel join G-7 leaders and guests as they gather for a group picture in front of the Biarritz lighthouse on the second day of the annual G-7 summit on August 25 in Biarritz, France Andrew Parsons - Pool/Getty

Continuing, she alleged that "there's an actual desire [from the media] to gaslight people into believing something that is not true." Bruce said that the media was now "just about lies" and is "harming the country and harming how the country is being viewed."

"It's not just because they don't like Trump," the conservative commentator argued. "It's because they think the American people should be punished for what they've done to the establishment," she added, using air quotes. "Well bring it on, because we've got another election coming up."

Trump's full tweet on Sunday stated: "The question I was asked most today by fellow World Leaders, who think the USA is doing so well and is stronger than ever before, happens to be, 'Mr. President, why does the American media hate your Country so much? Why are they rooting for it to fail?'"

Many on social media mocked the president's claim.

Actor Mark Hamill, best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, used the hashtag #DelusionalDonald and wrote: "The 2nd most asked question was: 'What color is the sky in your world?'"

"Can you name one or two so we can confirm it? Or are you going to force them all to issue denial statements?" former White House Press Secretary and CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart asked Trump in a tweet. "Your choice," he quipped.

Despite the president claiming that world leaders had praised the U.S., the G-7 Summit was overshadowed by tensions over trade and foreign policy. Trump has become increasingly isolated from the group, so much so that host French President Emmanuel Macron decided to forgo even attempting to issue a joint statement with all the member states, realizing that the president would almost certainly refuse to sign. During last year's G-7 Summit in Canada, Trump did refuse to sign the joint declaration after he received significant pushback from the group's other leaders over his policy positions.

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