Trump defends Fox News hosts from attempt to 'silence' them

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE on Sunday defended Fox News hosts, warning that the Democrats and the "Fake News Media" are trying to silence a majority of the country through a campaign against the network's conservative hosts.

"The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well," he tweeted.

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Trump specifically named Jeanine Pirro, host of "Justice with Judge Jeanine," calling for Fox to "bring back @JudgeJeanine." Pirro's Fox News show did not air on Saturday night. 

Last week, Fox News condemned remarks Pirro made after the host on air questioned whether Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Tlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech Key House Democrat says Perez must go: 'He doesn't lead on anything' MORE (D-Minn.) is loyal to Sharia because she wears a hijab.

“We’re not commenting on internal scheduling matters,” a Fox News spokesperson told The Hill of Pirro's show being pre-empted.

Several advertisers pulled their ads from Pirro's show last week in the wake of the Omar controversy. Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonTrump pardons ex-NYPD commissioner Kerik, financier Milken 8.7 million tune in for NH primary results Trump official threatens to expand Global Entry suspension beyond New York MORE, host of Fox News's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," also lost advertisers after a left-leaning blog resurfaced comments he made during appearances on a radio show between 2006 and 2011.

Trump on Sunday also named Carlson. "Keep fighting for Tucker," he wrote.

He encouraged Fox to "stay strong and fight back" and "stop working soooo hard on being politically correct." He suggested that Fox's ratings prove people want its hosts to stay on air.

Fox News's ratings made the channel No. 1 in all of basic cable in 2018.

Updated 9:48 a.m.