Dem columnist says 'ratings hungry' networks have to air Trump speech

Democratic analyst and columnist Jonathan Harris said the TV networks have agreed to air President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE's prime-time address on Tuesday because they are desperate for ratings. 

"I think they're ratings hungry," Harris told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising."

"They know that Trump is a clown and a circus, and a circus always does well," he continued. "So whatever he does, people are going to be watching."

CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, Fox Business and CNN all confirmed to The Hill on Monday that they will air the prime-time address on Tuesday. 

Most networks have also confirmed they will air the Democratic response to Trump's address, which will be delivered by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDHS chief to Pelosi: Emergency border funding 'has already had an impact' The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants Trump faces new hit on deficit MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US MORE (D-N.Y.). 

In 2014, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX all declined to air former President Obama's address on immigration policy because it was expected to be political, according to The Washington Post. 

— Julia Manchester