President Trump just said this in his rally tonight:

What’s going on with Fox, by the way? What’s going on there? They’re putting more Democrats on than you have Republicans. Something strange is going on at Fox, folks! Something very strange!

Are there any statistics to prove that Fox News is putting on more Democrats than Republicans?

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    Presumably Trump is discussing presidential candidates. Seeing that there are plenty of Democrat candidates, and that Trump has no Republican challengers yet, it stands to reason that yes, Fox is putting more Democrat candidates on air than Republican candidates. May 21, 2019 at 3:09
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    Perhaps this would better fit skeptics stack? Though I doubt there's any outside-sourced answer and skeptics stack strangely doesn't allow own research answers (nonsense, if you ask me).
    – M i ech
    May 21, 2019 at 8:26
  • @Denis - He never specified candidates. He may have meant Democrats and Republicans generally, in which case his claim is certainly false.
    – Obie 2.0
    May 22, 2019 at 5:42
  • @Obie2.0: the OP's quote is out of context. See Brythan's answer. May 22, 2019 at 5:48
  • I know the context, and I still think the context doesn't indicate that he's only talking about candidates. Pete Buttigieg was just the specific example that spurred his rant.
    – Obie 2.0
    May 22, 2019 at 5:48

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What Donald Trump said:

What's going on with FOX? What's going on there? They're putting more Democrats on than you have Republicans. Something strange is going on at FOX! Something very strange. Did you see this guy last night? I did want to watch, you've always got to watch the competition if you call it that. And he was knocking the hell out of FOX and FOX is putting him on. Somebody is going to have to have to explain the whole FOX deal to me.

In that quote, "this guy" refers to Pete Buttigieg, who is a Democratic candidate for president in 2020.

Looking just at presidential town halls on Fox, obviously there are going to be more Democrats than Republicans because twenty-three major candidates are running for the Democratic nomination and only two for the Republican (Trump and William Weld). Major defined by 538.com standards, primarily either previous government experience or meeting the minimum requirements to appear in the first Democratic presidential debate (Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang). And the one participant who is running as an independent is a life long Democrat (Howard Schultz).

Of course, there is no requirement that town halls only cover presidential candidates. For example, Paul Ryan appeared on a town hall in 2017. Another 2017 town hall didn't have an attending candidate. Another had an administration official.

Perhaps Trump is hinting that he believes that Fox News should engage more with his administration in town halls. Or with congressional Republicans.

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