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Nearly all of Fox News’ programs draw in more viewers than shows on rival cable news outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and Newsmax, but some of the network’s hosts are fan favorites no matter which program they appear on.
And that appears to be the case with a former Trump administration official.
Fans of Laura Ingraham’s “The Ingraham Angle” who tuned in Friday evening quickly noticed that she wasn’t hosting the show, but it appears that most of them were not disappointed in her replacement. Many took to social media to express their enthusiastic support for Ingraham’s fill-in host, former Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
You did a Great Job!!
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“You did a great job!” one Twitter user noted.
“Oh I can’t wait! We will miss Laura but can’t think of a better host in her absence,” another user noted.
“That’s gonna be your show when Laura retires,” said another.
“Thank you for continuing to share your talents as one of the best news reporters I have ever seen so we can understand complex issues from all angles. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!” yet another Twitter user noted.
McEnany covered recent announcements by the House Oversight Committee claiming that millions of dollars were being funneled from a Chinese energy firm to then-Vice President Joe Biden’s relatives. Hunter Biden’s lawyer has at least partially confirmed this, she said.
During another segment, she asked guest Tulsi Gabbard, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former congresswoman from Hawaii, about the apparent trend of the “little guy” suffering while the “big guys” get away with things.
“There is this revolving door, Kayleigh, I know you’re very, very familiar with, where constantly we see how for example members of Congress who are supposed to be regulating Big Pharma don’t, and then they go and leave Congress and get a payout from Big Pharma,” Gabbard said.
“We see it with the military industrial complex, Secretary Austin, then Gen. Austin, retires from the military, goes and works for Raytheon, now goes back as a secretary of defense and seeing the billions of dollars that is going towards the military industrial complex,” she added.
“We see it with these financial regulators, people in position to actually do their job to protect the little guy, to protect our small and community banks, but instead, what are they doing? They are looking for the payout where they can go and work for the big banks that they are allowing off the hook,” Gabbard continued.
Other social media users were happy that McEnany had Gabbard on the show.
“Jam packed show, Kayleigh! Tulsi Gabbard proves again she would shine as a running mate for fmr President Trump next year. Great job!” said a Twitter user.
Earlier this month, McEnany made her return to the program “Outnumbered,” which she co-hosts, after being absent for weeks following the birth of her second child.
“I’m so excited to return to Outnumbered tomorrow at 12 pm ET with Harris Faulkner and Emily Compagno. Blake & Nash are ready to watch their mommy,” she wrote on Twitter ahead of her return.
When she did rejoin the show, the former White House press secretary tore into President Biden for his “weak foreign policy” with Russia and China.
“Here is the problem with that. The only time I see President Biden get tough is when he goes against the MAGA crowd and other Americans. North Korea fired off ICBMs over the weekend. No one talks about it,” she continued.
“I do believe if President Trump was in office it would be a kind of news story we would hear more about. What is happening in Iran? Now what’s really happening is the reconstitution of Russia, Brazil, and other nations petitioning to be part of it. There are some things happening right now that beneath the surface, the big shifts that we have to make sure don’t fall apart or everything will fall apart,” McEnany continued.
“The other line that stood out to me this war was never a necessity but a tragedy. It was an avoidable tragedy. To your point about the Trump Administration. I maintain this wouldn’t have happened. We saw Crimea taken in the Obama years and now exerting force and trying to redraw the map again,” McEnany said.