All of which makes Trump's tweets about Fox News over the last 24 hours all the more notable.
So, there's zero evidence for Trump's insinuation that Fox News purposely packed the town hall audience with Sanders' supporters and barred pro-Trump voices from being let in. Zero.
What's changed over the past 24 hours is the target of Trump's ire -- he's turning on his biggest media ally, biting the hand that feeds him. It is a simple fact that Fox News as a network did more to help elect Donald Trump than any other person or entity in the country. And it is also true that Fox News -- particularly its prime-time lineup including Trump's most loyal media ally, Sean Hannity -- have continued their advocacy for the President and his policies since he came into the White House.
Which is why Trump is so stunned at what he views as a betrayal. Fox News, in his mind, is his network. They're the good guys. So why are they even offering Sanders a chance to have town hall at all? Sanders isn't nice to Trump. Heck, he's downright mean. So why is the President's network giving him a platform?
That response from Trump is incredibly telling as it relates to how he views and interacts with the media. Trump has either no understanding or no concern with the idea that the media, at their best, are supposed to be neutral arbiters in the never-ending political struggles in the country. That the media's job isn't to always side with one party, but to hold both parties to account for their policies and statements.
In Trump's mind, there are only two kinds of media: Those who hate him and those who love him. The former are the so-called "fake news." The latter is, well, Fox News.
Trump's understanding of the media allows for no nuance. If you are on Fox -- even if you are a long-time journalist with a record of fairness like Baier or "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace -- Trump expects you to be rabidly pro-Trump. If Hannity does it -- and gets great ratings! -- why wouldn't you? Why do you hate Trump? And why are you allowed to be on air if you hate Trump? (The reality, of course, is that Baier doesn't hate Trump. Neither does Wallace. They are simply journalists who believe in asking real -- and sometimes tough -- questions and hearing from all sides on important matters of the day.)
None of that computes for Trump. His Manichean worldview doesn't allow it. Fox News is supposed to be fully in his camp. So, why is Bernie Sanders on in prime time? And getting cheered!
Trump's sense of betrayal is as predictable as it is palpable. Even for a network like Fox News that, with a few notable exceptions, has given itself over to pro-Trump coverage, it can never meet the President's expectations of only good stories about "your favorite president." Trump expects Fox News, and really all media, to function as cross between a public relations firm with him as the sole client and a hype man.
That -- even in these polarized political times -- is a recipe for disappointment.