The ex-president donald trump has taken a few hits following the US midterm elections, but the most painful has come from a source once among his main backers: the tycoon’s media empire. Rupert Murdock.
the president of news corp Y foxnews He would have told Trump that he will not support any attempt by the former president to return to the White House and could even support a Democrat against him, sources close to the tycoon said.
“Mr. Murdoch has made it clear to Trump in recent days that the poor performance of the Republican candidates he supported during the US midterm elections last week has put an end to his political career,” the source told journalist David Parsley. to the British environment inewswhile 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 support 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.”
Thursday’s front page of the newspaper new york post It showed Trump’s face on the drawing of the protagonist of a famous children’s song. The owner: “Trumpty Dumpty.”
“Don (who failed to build a wall) took a big fall, can all GOP members 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 though the biggest stars of foxnews they did not comment much on it, the former president heard enough discouraging words to attack the network on social networks.
Trump took the blame for supporting losing or underperforming candidates like Mehmed Oz in Pennsylvania, Don Bolduc in New Hampshire and Blake Masters in Arizona, who cost Republicans a chance at huge victories in the House and 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 losing record” since his triumph over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
“The Democrats were once again successful in making Trump a central issue of the campaign, and Mr. Trump helped them do it,” he said. WSJ.
The newspaper also published a guest-pen column on Thursday that mentioned 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 Raid can” and “perhaps the most profound vote repellant 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.”
A spokesman for Murdoch’s company, newscorporation, said he had no comment on editorial decisions. It’s not that those outlets have never criticized Trump, but the tone and timing of the news are noteworthy.
Conservative figures and media outlets not affiliated with Murdoch leveled some criticism at 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 foxnews strayed 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 walk through fire to 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’re putting your own ego or grudges before what’s good for the country, they’re going to look elsewhere,” he said.
Trump, for his part, has promised that he will announce his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election soon, likely next week. But his former White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnanysaid in Fox that no possible candidate would be announced before the second round of the elections for the seat in the Senate for the state of Georgia, scheduled for December 6. Dov Hikind, a guest of Fox&Friends, he said Trump should announce his support for DeSantis.
“Donald Trump, get over it,” he said.
(With information from Associated Press)