- Conservative commentator Dan Bongino called Joe Biden “boring and “a disaster for talk radio.”
- Bongino, one of Facebook’s biggest figures, said this was a “challenge” but he works to meet it.
- Bongino said it was easier under President Trump: “Donald Trump was just a cornucopia of material.”
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Pro-Trump host and commentator Dan Bongino said that President Joe Biden is “boring” and “a disaster for talk radio” but pledged to keep going against him.
Bongino, a radio host, author, and Fox News contributor, is one of the most popular figures on Facebook, with The New York Times noting that his Facebook page gets more engagement a month than the pages of the Times, The Washington Post and CNN added together.
He said in an interview with Insider that his job has changed dramatically since President Donald Trump’s term ended and the Biden presidency began.
“Biden, not only do I think is a terrible president in these last few months, it’s just terrible for talk radio.”
He added: “I think Biden is a disaster for the country and his ideas are an atrocity. But he’s boring. He’s just boring.”
“It is been a real chore the last few months since we’ve lost a Donald Trump, who has a personality the size of Texas — to go from that, to this.”
Bongino, a former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent whose bids for US Congress repeatedly failed, rose to become one of the most prolific conservative figures through his criticism of Democrats and the Republican establishment, and through ardent support for Trump, including spreading the baseless conspiracy theories that Trump actually won the presidential election.
He is also a critic of big tech companies, and invested in Parler, the right-wing “free speech” social media platform that had to relaunch after Amazon Web Services canceled its hosting services following reports that it was used to organize the January 6 assault on the US Capitol.
He now says that Biden’s presidency poses some problems for him.
“It’s going to be a challenge. It is. It’s going to be a challenge.”
But he said that the change has made him better at his job: “I’ll tell you that it’s made me, I believe, a better broadcaster and host because you really had to dig. You’ve had to find interesting angles to stories. And Donald Trump was just a cornucopia of material.”
Bongino said the goal was to find new ways to cover Biden: “He’s boring and again I think he’s terrible, but you want to cover it in a way that people find interesting without just saying everyday ‘Biden’s terrible.’ That’s not a show.”
But he noted that this was happening to other outlets, like CNN, after the whirlwind of the Trump presidency. He said that “the greatest gift CNN ever got was Donald Trump.”
And he said that a duller presidency could benefit him too.
“It’s going to be good. It’s going to sharpen, I think, us all up and separate the wheat from the chaff because candidly, I think even on the left and on our side, people who maybe were not so great at some of this stuff
In the Donald Trump era anyone could get a show or a book, he was just so full of material. Now we’re really going to see who can really hack it because this is tough.”
This different media landscape will be one of the big differences between him and hugely influential conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, with Bongino now due to take over Limbaugh’s time slot after Limbaugh’s death in February.
He said Biden being “boring” would be one of the biggest challenges facing him in the role, in addition to the increase in his workload.
He said that he planned on covering “the exact same ideas” as Limbaugh: “Economic freedom, school choice, healthcare, freedom, second amendment rights, the constitutional framework and the constitution.”
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