Donald Trump went on the attack against former ally Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post after the newspaper published a scathing opinion on the importance of moving on from the ex-President and his hold on the Republican Party.
As usual, Trump took to his failing social media platform, Truth Social, this time to write off his once “favorite newspaper.” What put the kibosh on that love affair was the Murdoch tabloid’s defense of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), whose relationship with Trump quickly soured in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
Trump also took offense at being blamed for costing the GOP their majorities in Congress, placing the blame on the long-time Senator, saying “McConnell lost those two seats, not Donald Trump.”
The “Dump Trump,” train began as far back as 2016, when multiple delegates showed up at the Republican National Convention prior to the election, in an attempt to convince party members to leave Trump off the ballot.
According to NBC News, Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh – who spearheaded the movement – had support for her cause, securing ten Rules Committee delegates to vote on the resolution. Obviously, it failed. Out of 2472 delegates, only 1237 are needed for nomination.
“I have been a good soldier for the last few nominees. Even though they have not been my first choice I have always fallen in line. I just can’t do it this time. They just don’t understand, it’s not just a vote — it’s the future of our party,” she said.
Accusing the meltdown-prone ex-commander in chief of having “egomania,” the New York Post said that he “lost in 2020 because too many Americans — especially moderates — had gotten sick of his self-indulgent behavior. Since then, his egomania has only grown.”
Yes, Trump still has the loyalty of most of his true believers. But most Republicans would rather the ex-president disappear, so the party can figure out where it’s going in the post-Trump future.
“If the focus is on Trump instead, enraged Democrats will unite,” said the Post’s editorial board.
Those GOPers know Trump’s already an albatross: His “stolen election” derangement in late 2020 is why Dems control the Senate now, and his endorsements in this year’s primaries have helped saddle Republicans with enough weak Senate candidates this year that retaking the chamber seems increasingly out of reach.
There is a growing sentiment on the right, even from Trump’s most ardent supporters, that it is time to look past claims of election fraud, and his unpredictable temperament is wearing thin on those previously considered to be unwavering allies. Laura Ingraham, Alex Jones, and Ben Shapiro have all alluded to moving on.
ALEX JONES: I'm voting DeSantis.
LAURA INGRAHAM: Time to turn the page on Trump.
BEN SHAPIRO: Stop talking about Trump.
ANN COULTER: Trump’s done.
DRUDGE: Trump indictment watch.
When your midterms are turning into Trump steaks.
— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) August 30, 2022
Just two weeks ago, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, recently ordered to pay nearly $50 million compensatory and punitive damages for defamation to the parents of a child killed in Sandy Hook, said on an episode of his show Infowars that he was backing aspiring authoritarian, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis:
Alex Jones abandons Trump, announces support for Ron DeSantis. He sees sincerity when he looks in his eyes “on HD video”. pic.twitter.com/MttEVRE3Yb
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) August 18, 2022
The reprehensible Jones went crawling back just three days later, recording an embarrassing “apology” video begging for Trump’s forgiveness.
The same week Jones was professing his love for DeSantis, Fox host and long-time Trump supporter Laura Ingraham sent shockwaves through MAGAtstan when she told podcaster Lisa Boothe that the Trump Era may be over:
“The country, I think, is so exhausted,” she told Boothe, per The Hill. “They’re exhausted by the battle, the constant battle, that they may believe that, well, maybe it’s time to turn the page if we can get someone who has all Trump’s policies, who’s not Trump.”
According to The Hill, the once loyal Trump sycophant stated:
“The other problem is that it’s really not about Trump, right, this is about the views that Trump now brought to the floor for the Republican Party,” Ingraham said. “They don’t like his views, they don’t like the fact that he called out the military for their failures, that he wanted us to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has also been critical of Donald Trump and his behavior going back to 2020, calling the then-President “abjectly stupid” just two days after the November election. Earlier this year Coulter referred to the ex-President as a “liar and con man,” after he criticized DeSantis for concealing his vaccination status.
EXCLUSIVE: Trump is demanding to know Ron DeSantis's booster status, and I can now reveal it. He was a loyal booster when Trump ran in 2016, but then he learned our president was a liar and con man whose grift was permanent. I hope that clears things up.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 12, 2022
This isn’t the first time the New York Post Editorial Board has publicly criticized the former President, nor the first time one of Murdoch’s papers has suggested a new route for the Republican Party. Former friend, Piers Morgan penned an op-ed for the tabloid in June telling the GOP it was time to “Dump Donald Trump and Run with Ron DeSantis.”
Morgan took a shot at the ex-President’s affinity for ranting on social media, quoting Bill Maher when saying, “You know what Ron DeSantis won’t be doing? He won’t be poop-tweeting every day. It won’t be, like, having feuds with Bette Midler on Twitter. He’s not an insane person.”
For a narcissist like Trump, who requires total fealty and adoration, all the backlashes from those he thought were his “friends” could be what motivated the ex-President to whine on Truth Social:
I don’t know Mr. President, maybe it’s you.
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