The president of News Corp and Fox News reportedly told the former president that he will not back any bid for a return to the White House and may even support a democrat against him
Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch in 2016 (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)
Former President Donald Trump has taken a few blows in the aftermath of the US midterm elections, but the most painful has come from a source that was once among its main supporters: the media empire of mogul Rupert Murdoch.
The News Corp and Fox News chairman reportedly told Trump that he will not back any attempt by the former president to return to the White House and may even back a Democrat in his against, according to sources close to the tycoon.
“Mr. Murdoch made it clear to Trump in recent days that the poor results of the Republican candidates he supported during the US midterm elections last week have put an end to his political career,” the source told journalist David Parsley. to British outlet inews, while another senior source at News Corp added: “We have been clear with Donald. There have been conversations between them during which Rupert made it clear to Donald that we cannot endorse another run for the White House”.
Also, Murdoch's son Lachlan , Co-Chairman of News Corp and CEO of Fox Corporation, informed re-elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis that the family's media clout would back him if he ran for office.
“Lachlan has been interested in Ron for a while,” the source said. “He is seen within the organization as a sanitized version of Donald.”
All Against Trump
Thursday's front page of the newspaperNew York Postit showed the face of Trump on the drawing of the protagonist of a famous children's song. The headline: “Trumpty Dumpty”.
“Don (who couldn't build a wall) took a big fall, can all members of the Republican Party rebuild the party?” wrote the newspaper.
The president of News Corp and Fox News have reportedly told Trump that they will not support any attempt by the former president to return to the White House (REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo)
The opinion section of the Wall Street Journal published an editorial titled: “Trump is the Biggest Loser in the Republican Party.” And while the biggest stars of FoxNewsthey didn't comment much on the matter, the former president heard enough discouraging words to attack the network on social media.
Trump took the blame for endorsing losing or underperforming candidates like Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, Don Bolduc in New Hampshire and Blake Masters in Arizona, who cost Republicans the chance to win huge victories in the House of Representatives and the Senate, as many had predicted.
The Wall Street Journal editorial mentioned each of those names and more, noting that Trump had a “perfect electoral loss record” since his victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. p>
“The Democrats again succeeded in making Trump a central campaign issue, and Mr. Trump helped them do it,” said the WSJ.
The newspaper also published a column by a guest pen on Thursday mentioning Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as an alternative to Trump for the 2024 presidential election, and an excerpt from former Vice President Mike Pence's new book titled “ My last days with Donald Trump” (My last days with Donald Trump).
On the newspaper's website, veteran columnist John Podhoretz dubbed the former president “Toxic Trump”.
Podhoretz wrote that Trump was the “political equivalent of a can of Raid” and “perhaps the most profound vote-repeller in modern American history.”
The Post published an editorial calling on DeSantis to run for president. The day before, the newspaper's front page featured an image of a victorious DeSantis with the headline: “DeFuturo.”
Ron DeSantis (REUTERS /Marco Bello/File Photo)
A spokesman for Murdoch's company, News Corporation, said he had no comment on the editorial decisions. Not that these outlets have never criticized Trump, but the tone and timing of the news are noteworthy.
Conservative media and figures not affiliated with Murdoch launched some criticism of Trump. The Washington Examiner wrote that Republicans needed to choose between electoral success or Trump, while the American Thinker noted that Trump is becoming a permanent liability, according to The Righting newsletter.
< p class="paragraph">Some of the stars of Fox Newsthey entered slightly into critical territory. Jesse Watters spoke Wednesday of a rematch in the 2024 presidential election between Trump and President Joe Biden.
“Does Trump win?” Watters asked. “I hope so. I love that guy. A week ago, he would have said he was a piece of cake. But after seeing how things played out last night, I don't know. Democrats will walk through fire to vote against Trump, but will Republicans vote against Joe Biden?”
AnotherFox host,Laura Ingraham, did not mention Trump by name, but noted that the populist movement is made up of ideas, not a person.
“If voters come to the conclusion that you are putting your own ego or your grudges before what is good for the country, they will look elsewhere,” he commented.
Trump, for his part, has promised that he will soon announce his candidacy for the 2024 presidential elections, expectedly next week. But his former White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, told Fox that no potential candidate would be announced before the runoff election for the seat in the Georgia State Senate, scheduled for December 6. Dov Hikind, a guest of Fox & Friends, said Trump should announce his support for DeSantis.
“Donald Trump, get over it,” he said.
< i>(With information from the Associated Press)