We Know What Donald Trump’s Favorite TV Shows Are and We Can’t Even
It’s no secret that President Trump adores TV. After all, the businessman was a reality television star before he stumbled his way into the highest office in the United States. Though he seemingly has a ton more on his plate since becoming Commander-in-Chief, Trump still watches an exorbitant amount of television.
While President Trump hasn’t exactly given us a specific list of his most beloved TV shows, like his wife, we were able to figure out all of the programs he loves to watch from his infamous Twitter rants and news reports.
CNN Tonight with Don Lemon
We all know that Trump adores calling programs that criticize him “fake news.” It’s probably because he has the emotional intelligence of a toddler. However, his disdain for CNN hasn’t stopped him from tuning in to some of their most-watched programs.
In fact, The New York Times reported, “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.”
Next: Trump’s absolute favorite show
Fox & Friends
Fox News has become a safe haven for Trump and his supporters. In fact, in the Fox & Friends hosts’ eyes, Trump can do no wrong — which is pretty terrifying when folks are supposed to be reporting the actual news.
Prior to his election, Trump frequently appeared on the show. Now Trump often live-tweets about the show, gets high praise from the hosts, and sometimes if the Fox & Friends audience is super lucky, he’ll even call in.
Next: A highly-rated NBC show that Trump claims has little credibility
The Today show
NBC’s Today is a more liberal-leaning show, so it might seem strange that President Trump watches it, but apparently, he does. Just shortly after his inauguration in January 2017, The Today Show questioned Trump’s claims that he deserved the credit for bringing in more jobs to the U.S. since the election. (He’d just been elected at the time.)
Apparently, Trump watched that Today Show segment and was fit to be tied. He tweeted, “No wonder the Today Show on biased @NBC is doing so badly compared to its glorious past. Little credibility!”
Unfortunately for Trump, The Today Show is actually one of the highest-rated shows on NBC.
Next: A canceled series hosted by one of Trump’s dear friends
The O’Reilly Factor
Before Bill O’Reilly was finally booted off of television for numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against him, he and Trump were the closest chums. In fact, Trump was one of the main people to jump to O’Reilly’s defense, saying, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
Before his expulsion, O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor was the top-rated show on Fox News, and Trump tuned in to his good friend religiously. In fact, Trump often tweeted statistics directly from the show to try and prove his point.
Shortly after an O’Reilly segment in January 2017, 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!”
O’Reilly had also used the word “carnage.”
Next: A show Trump pretends not to watch
Anderson Cooper 360
Anderson Cooper and Trump are not fans of one another. In fact, when Trump made his infamous “sh*it hole countries” remark, Cooper ripped him to shreds. However, that hasn’t stopped Trump from tuning into Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN. In January 2017, Trump tweeted that he doesn’t watch CNN because it’s “fake news.”
However, during an appearance on the Late Night with Seth Meyers, Cooper cleared it up saying, “Trump watches me on CNN probably more than my mom watches me on CNN. He has texted about people I’m interviewing while I’m interviewing them.”
Next: Another Fox News program, of course
With O’Reilly out in the cold, Trump’s new Fox fave is his beloved Sean Hannity on Hannity. Hannity adores Trump and often praises him on the show. In fact, during the POTUS’ first week in office, Hannity got a one-hour exclusive interview with him at the White House.
In fact that the only bad thing Hannity has said about Trump is that he’s “too sensitive to criticism.”
Next: A past (and maybe current) guilty pleasure
Saturday Night Live
Since the 2016 campaign, Alec Baldwin has been impersonating Trump on Saturday Night Live, and apparently, Trump can barely cope with it.
Trump used to adore SNL. In 2015, he told People, “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% more than Hillary [Clinton]’s show. That makes me feel good.”
In just a few years, that has changed drastically. Trump is so disturbed by Baldwin’s portrayal of him and SNL’s take on his administration that he often hate watches it. In March 2018, he tweeted, “Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!”
It looks like Trump can’t turn SNL off.
Next: A news show that doesn’t have all of the facts
Tucker Carlson Tonight
Tucker Carlson is another one of Trump’s Fox faves. In fact, the president tweeted about a terrorist attack that never happened in Sweden after hearing some false information on Tucker Carlson Tonight. After baffling folks across the globe, including Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, Trump had to later clarify his statement; effectively throwing Carlson under the bus.
He tweeted, “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”
We wonder if he’s still watching Carlson.
Next: A show that probably reminds Trump of the good old days
One of the worst things for Trump about becoming president is that most of Hollywood has turned their backs on him. In fact, before becoming president, Trump adored watching Access Hollywood with Billy Bush hosting. Unfortunately, Bush having Trump on his show effectively ended his career.
Next: A show that serves us a hot cup of joe
MSNBC’s Morning Joe used to talk about Trump in a favorable light; he was even a regular guest on the show in the early days of the 2016 campaign. That all changed in May 2016 when host Joe Scarborough criticized Trump on air and in print.
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Scarborough wrote, “Unless the Trump team figures out how to build a campaign operation that focuses more on fundamentals than flashy PR tricks, the next deal Donald Trump will be negotiating will be his return to The Apprentice.”
Trump was incensed and quickly clapped back with a series of vicious tweets on Twitter, including one that said, “Tried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!”
The hilarious part of all of this is that Mika Brzezinski was not on the show the morning Trump tweeted this. Plus, Morning Joe’s ratings are actually doing quite well, especially since they have started criticizing the POTUS from all angles.
Next: Trump’s moment of glory
The Celebrity Apprentice
Before he became POTUS, Trump hosted The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice; it was a role that he cherished. Now that he’s no longer the host, we’re not sure that Trump watches the series on a regular basis, but we do know that he had something to say about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Celebrity Apprentice.
After referring to himself as a “ratings” machine, he tweeted, “Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got “swamped” (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for….”
Next: A classic news program
We all know that Trump is a man of the ’70s, which is why he’s obsessed with 60 Minutes. However, he’s no longer a fan of Oprah Winfrey’s, so we’re not sure if the CBS show is still on his DVR.
He tweeted, “Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!”
Next: A CBS Sunday morning show
Meet The Press
Meet The Press has been a staple on television almost since the beginning of TV. The hour-long CBS Sunday morning show covers stories across the world and brings in world leaders for interviews each week.
According to Axios, Trump watches the show every single week. But Trump doesn’t just love TV. He’s also a fan of certain movies.
Next:Outside of TV, Trump is a fan of this classic film.
Gone With the Wind
We all know that Gone With the Wind isn’t television, but it is one of Trump’s favorite films. It makes sense because he’d like the U.S. to look like it did during the Civil War era, so we’re not surprised.
Trump told Movieline, “It has stood the test of time. For me, it’s a love story combined with a time in our country’s history that was pivotal in our evolution.”
Next: The president also loves another cinema classic.
Trump’s favorite film of all time is reportedly the 1941 Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane. The POTUS (ironically) told documentarian Errol Morris, “I think you learn in Kane that maybe wealth isn’t everything, because he had the wealth, but he didn’t have the happiness.”
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