Two prominent newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch have official turned on former President Trump.
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The editorial boards of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post published damning rebukes writing that the former president is no longer qualified for office.
Murdoch also owns Fox News Channel, a cable television and radio network that has taken a sharp turn toward the left in recent years. Most recently, they refused to broadcast former President Trump’s rallies.
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The anti-Trump editorials were literally posted within hours of each other — leaving many to wonder if this was a coordinated attack on Trump.
“As his followers stormed the Capitol, calling for his vice president to be hanged, President Donald Trump sat in his private dining room, watching TV, doing nothing,” the New York Post wrote on Saturday. “It’s up to the Justice Department to decide if this is a crime. But as a matter of principle, as a matter of character, Trump has proven himself unworthy to be this country’s chief executive again.”
The Wall Street Journal condemned what they said was the president’s silence on January 6, 2020.
Still, the brute facts remain: Mr. Trump took an oath to defend the Constitution, and he had a duty as Commander in Chief to protect the Capitol from a mob attacking it in his name. He refused. He didn’t call the military to send help. He didn’t call Mr. Pence to check on the safety of his loyal VP. Instead he fed the mob’s anger and let the riot play out.
In the 18 months since, Mr. Trump has shown not an iota of regret. On Thursday he claimed to be vindicated by a bill to clarify the Electoral Count Act. “Mike Pence told me, and everybody else, there was nothing he could do,” Mr. Trump wrote. “If so, how come the Democrats and RINOs are working so hard to make sure there is nothing a VP can do.”
Character is revealed in a crisis, and Mr. Pence passed his Jan. 6 trial. Mr. Trump utterly failed his.Wall Street Journal
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Here’s the full text of the Post’s editorial titled, “Trump’s Silence on Jan. 6 is Damning”:
As his followers stormed the Capitol, calling for his vice president to be hanged, President Donald Trump sat in his private dining room, watching TV, doing nothing.
For three hours, seven minutes.
There has been much debate over whether Trump’s rally speech on Jan. 6, 2021, constituted “incitement.” That’s somewhat of a red herring. What matters more — and has become crystal clear in recent days — is that Trump didn’t lift a finger to stop the violence that followed.
And he was the only person who could stop what was happening. He was the only one the crowd was listening to. It was incitement by silence.
Trump only wanted one thing during that infamous afternoon: to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to decertify the election of Joe Biden.
He thought the violence of his loyal followers would make Pence crack, or delay the vote altogether.
To his eternal shame, as appalled aides implored him to publicly call on his followers to go home, he instead further fanned the flames by tweeting: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.”
His only focus was to find any means — damn the consequences — to block the peaceful transfer of power.
There is no other explanation, just as there is no defense, for his refusal to stop the violence.
It’s up to the Justice Department to decide if this is a crime. But as a matter of principle, as a matter of character, Trump has proven himself unworthy to be this country’s chief executive again.New York Post
Rep. Liz Cheney, the Wyoming congresswoman, seemed overjoyed by the news that Murdoch’s newspapers had turned on Trump. And she gloated about it on Fox News.
“Look, it’s not just me that is saying that Donald Trump is unfit for office. It’s other entities owned by Rupert Murdoch. It’s the New York Post, in their editorial on Friday. It’s the Wall Street Journal — said the same thing after our hearing on Thursday night. So I’m going to continue to be guided by making sure I do my duty, and making sure that the American people understand the truth,” she told Never Trump anchor Bret Baier.
Cheney’s hated of the former president has fueled an unhinged jihad that could very well topple her political career.
And unless Murdoch steps in and cleans up the infestation of liberalism that has taken root at 1211 Sixth Avenue, Fox News could soon be going the way of Liz Cheney.