Days after presidential candidate and ex-reality TV star Donald Trump made headlines for mocking Sen. John McCain's service in Vietnam, and then leaking Sen. Lindsey Graham's phone number, the mogul returned to his favorite Fox News show for some support.
"All of a sudden these guys are calling me names," Trump told Steve Doocy on Wednesday's edition of "Fox & Friends." "I'm trying to be nice, I want to be nice, I'm a nice person. But everyone is calling me names."
"Since I went to No. 1 in the polls, they're having a field day on me," he added.
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) July 22, 2015
Doocy nodded along and noted that McCain had called Trump's supporters "crazies" and that Graham had called Trump an "inappropriate word" (the word was "jackass").
On Friday, Trump told an audience in Iowa that McCain is called a war hero "because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) July 22, 2015
On Wednesday, Doocy came to Trump's aid. "You know what, somebody told me yesterday, Donald Trump is like a Navy SEAL. He never backs down from a fight," Doocy said, smiling as his co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Elisabeth Hasselbeck appeared less than amused.
Trump never served in the military. He did, however, serve as a weekly guest on "Fox & Friends" every Monday morning until recently. The network suspended his appearances in June after the mogul announced his campaign.
Switching from pundit to candidate, Trump has continued to dominate airtime on Fox News, racking up hours of coverage and leaving fellow Republican candidates like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker in the dust.