Fox News has removed a 60-second spot calling for the impeachment of Pres. Trump.
The commercial comes from a group backed by Bay Area billionaire philanthropist, environmental activist and Democratic donor Tom Steyer, and it’s called “Need to Impeach.”
Steyer had purchased a second week of Fox News ad time on Oct. 27, but this past Friday, Steyer said the commercial had stopped airing on Oct. 31. On Friday night, Fox News confirmed the decision to remove it.
“Due to the strong negative reaction to their ad by our viewers, we could not in good conscience take their money,” said Fox News co-president, Jack Abernethy.
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) October 20, 2017
“He (Pres. Trump) has brought us to the brink of nuclear war,” Steyer says on a voiceover. “He has been accused of obstructing justice of the FBI, and been accused of violating the constitution by taking money from foreign governments and threatening to shut down news organizations that report the truth.”
Steyer later appears on camera and refers to Pres. Trump as a “clear and president danger who is mentally unstable.” He also makes a call for all lawmakers to “take a stand on impeachment.”
Pres. Trump previously responded to the ad via Twitter, hours after it had aired during the Fri, Oct. 27 edition of Fox & Friends.
Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2017
Steyer is fighting back against the network, accusing it of breaching a contract.
“If Fox News is siding with Trump and trying to silence us, they must be afraid of what we have to say,” Steyer said in a statement. “It shows no respect for democracy.”
In a Nov. 3 letter to Abernethy, Steyer’s lawyers write, “The Cancellation is not only a breach of your agreement with Mr. Steyer – it is also a profound failure of journalistic integrity, a suppression of constitutionally protected speech, and likely a consequence of inexcusable political pressure.”
Steyer donated more than $91 million to Democrats in the 2016 elections, and an aide of his recently told Forbes that the TV ad buy would be accompanied by a multi-million dollar digital ad campaign.