The ex-president donald trump He 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 his biggest supporters: the mogul’s media empire. rupert murdoch.
The president of news corp Y foxnews He would have told Trump that he will not back any attempt by the former president to return to the White House and might even back a Democrat against him, sources close to the tycoon said.
“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 the british medium innewswhile 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.”.
In addition, Murdoch’s son, Lachlan, co-chairman of news corp and executive director of Fox Corporationinformed the re-elected governor of Florida, Ron DeSantisthat the family’s media clout would back him if he ran for office.
“Lachlan has been interested in Ron for some time,” the source said. “He is seen within the organization as a sanitized version of Donald.”
All against Trump
Thursday’s front page of the newspaper new york post it showed the face of Trump on the drawing of the protagonist of a famous children’s song. The owner: “Trumpty Dumpty”.
“Don (who couldn’t build a wall) took a big fall, can all the members of the Republican Party put the party back together?” the newspaper wrote.
The opinion section of Wall Street Journal published an editorial titled: “Trump is the Biggest Loser in the Republican Party.” And although the biggest stars of foxnews they didn’t comment much about it, the former president heard enough discouraging words to attack the chain on social media.
Trump took the blame for having supported losing or underperforming candidates such as Mehmed Oz in Pennsylvania, Don Bolduc in New Hampshire and Blake Masters in Arizona, who cost the Republicans the chance to win huge victories in the House of Representatives and the Senate, as many had predicted.
The editorial of Wall Street Journal He mentioned every one 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.
“Democrats again succeeded in making Trump a central campaign issue, and Mr. Trump helped them do it,” said the W.S.J.
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. On the eve, the newspaper’s front page featured an image of a victorious DeSantis with the headline: “DeFuturo.”
A spokesman for Murdoch’s company, newscorporation, 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.
Some of the stars of foxnews they 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 it 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?
another driver of Fox, 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 grudges before what is good for the country, they are going to look elsewhere,” he said.
Trump, for his part, has promised that he will soon announce his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, expectedly next week. But his former White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnanysaid in Fox that no potential candidate would be announced before the runoff election for the Georgia state Senate seat, scheduled for December 6. Dov Hikind, a guest of fox&friends, said that Trump should announce his support for DeSantis.
“Donald Trump, get over it,” he said.
(With information from Associated Press)
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