Fox News Channel has abandoned former President Trump.
“Herschel Walker just wrote Donald Trump’s political obituary,” read a headline on the television network’s opinion page. “It is time for Donald Trump to step away from politics.”
Columnist Liz Peek said the loss of the Georgia Senate seat was the final straw – and declared that his political career is over.
“Having suffered the rare humiliation of failing to win a second term in the Oval Office, and having cost his party a majority in the senate – three times – it is time for Donald Trump to step away from politics. It is the right thing to do for his party, for the country, and for himself,” Peek wrote.
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She said the midterm elections were a referendum on the Trump presidency.
“Trump was a breath of fresh air when he ran for president in 2016, and he was a successful president knocked down by a virus from China,” she wrote. “But his refusal to admit defeat in the 2020 election, and the tragic aftermath of that refusal, shut the door on his political career. After January 6, and having publicly nursed his grievances for two years, there is no comeback.”
Fox News, owned by Rupert Murdoch, has taken an aggressive posture against the former president in recent week.
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The Wall Street Journal published a blistering editorial today writing that the lesson from the midterms is that Trump picks losers.
“The evidence is overwhelming over the last three election cycles that Mr. Trump and the crazy parts of Trumpism alienate suburban voters and divide the GOP. Denying that is denying reality and will guarantee more needless Republican losses in 2024,” the editorial board wrote.