Trump, though, has never liked powerful truths. He lives in a realm of his own imagining where the power of positive thinking serves as his lodestar. The intrusion of unpleasant facts — Williams, for example, pointing out on Fox that his China trade policy is inept and ‘brutish’ — conflicts with his perception — or at least presentation — of himself as a business titan ending decades of American misrule. When Trump enters the foxhole, he wants soothing testaments to his percipience of the kind that Brian Kilmeade and Co. are wont to lavish upon him. He wants, in short, to be stroked.

But there may also be another reason that Trump currently resents Fox. It isn’t just that it’s supposed to be a cheerleader shaking its pom-poms for his re-election. Trump’s threats that he might deny Fox the ability to host a debate suggest that he keenly has in mind his ability to delegitimize the election. He may not show up for the debates. Above all, he wants to be able to argue — if he loses — that the results were rigged. In this regard, polls from Fox showing that he is indeed losing some 15 months before the election are distinctly unhelpful.