MSNBC Guest Calls Trump Out for Only Attacking Black Fox News Personalities: 'That's Who He Is'

Democratic pundit and strategist Joel Payne called President Donald Trump out this weekend for attacking black Fox News personalities during an encounter with journalists in New Jersey.

Trump lashed out at his favorite cable news channel, Fox News, on Sunday over the network's recent polls and a couple of their political pundits.

"Fox is a lot different than it used to be. I can tell you that," the president told reporters on Sunday, before then criticizing Fox News analyst Juan Williams and former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile. "They have the wonderful woman that gave Hillary Clinton the questions," Trump said. "That was a terrible thing. And all of a sudden, she's working for Fox. What's she doing working for Fox?"

"They have Juan Williams who never says a positive thing and yet when I show up at the Fox building, he's out there [saying], 'Oh sir, could I have a picture of you? Could I have a picture?'" the president added.

During an MSNBC segment on Sunday, Payne pointed out that the two Fox News personalities Trump attacked were both people of color.

"We're three black men sitting here, and we watched this, and I heard that ad hominem attack on Juan Williams and Donna Brazile who I'm telling you..." the Democratic strategist said.

"He couldn't even remember her name!" host Al Sharpton interrupted.

"He couldn't even remember her name," Payne continued. "I tweeted about it, and it's just very interesting to me that he found the two notable African Americans at Fox News to call out because that's where he goes. That's who he is. That's the core of who Donald John Trump is."

"He attacked both blacks there. He, in many ways, threatened Fox that they may not get one of the big debates, the three debates, that the presidential candidates have once the Democrats elect their candidate," Sharpton added. "This is a man that attacked the media. The media is now the enemy. And he attacked his own people at Fox."

Trump listed some Fox News personalities that he still likes during his exchange with reporters on Sunday. "Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson and Laura [Ingraham]. Jesse Waters and Jeanine [Pirro]," the president said.

The president also attacked Williams on Twitter earlier on Sunday after the Fox News analyst criticized him during a re-aired segment on Fox News Sunday. "Juan Williams at @FoxNews is so pathetic, and yet when he met me in the Fox Building lobby, he couldn't have been nicer as he asked me to take a picture of him and me for his family," Trump tweeted. "Yet he is always nasty and wrong!"

Following Trump's remarks, Payne tweeted: "Odd. I wonder why he would single out Juan Williams of all those at Fox who have been critical of him??? Hmmm."

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US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on July 19, 2019, in Washington, DC. MSNBC guest Joel Payne called out Trump on Sunday for attacking black Fox News personalities. Brendan Smialowski/Getty
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