One the day the nation celebrated one of its greatest and most respected presidents, not everyone had fond things to say. After Fox News posted a birthday message for Franklin D. Roosevelt on its Facebook page, their members sounded off.
On Jan. 30, 1882, future President Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York. By the time of his death in April 1945, Roosevelt had put together one of the most impressive resumes of an elected official in the U.S. history. Leading the nation through the Great Depression that followed over a decade of Republicans in the White House, Roosevelt’s leadership led the U.S. to victory at the end of World War 2, just in time for President Truman to finish the job. The conservative Fox News attempted to honor Roosevelt on their Facebook page on Jan. 30, and things got out of hand.
“One of America’s worst presidents. He is the reason we’re in debt as much as we are,” one Fox News fan wrote, blaming Roosevelt’s “liberal socialist programs” for the country’s economic issues. Others referred to Roosevelt as a “crypto-communist” who was the “worst president we ever had,” the conservative fan base of Fox News came out in droves to smear the name of the 32nd President of the United States.
Some comments went even further, calling Roosevelt a “Commie s**tbag,” a “socialist dictator,” and a “traitor.” Fox News fans didn’t appear ready to sing “Happy Birthday” to Roosevelt, stating they would “rather celebrate the day he dropped dead,” wishing that he would “rot in hell.