Rupert Murdoch has reportedly told Donald Trump that his media empire will not support him if he chooses to make another run for the presidency in 2024, The Guardian reports.
Murdoch’s media empire, which includes right-leaning Fox News, his flagship paper the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post, seems to be in the process of distancing itself from Trump the wake of the disappointing performance of Republicans — especially those backed by Trump — in the midterm elections. As The Guardian points out, multiple outlets under Murdoch’s wing targeted Trump with negative stories, slamming him for dragging Republicans into “one political fiasco after another.”
“We have been clear with Donald. There have been conversations between them during which Rupert made it clear to Donald that we cannot back another run for the White House,” a senior News Corp executive told the U.K. news outlet i News.
Trump has accused Murdoch of going “all in” to support Florida’s GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis — an accusation that Lachlan Murdoch, the heir apparent and eldest son, who co-chairs News Corp and runs the parent company of Fox News, has all but confirmed.
“Lachlan has been keen on Ron for some time,” i News reported.
“He’s viewed within the organization as a sanitized version of Donald.”