It seems America’s conservative media has had enough of Donald Trump.
After underwhelming mid-term elections for the Republican Party, the former president has been openly criticised by Rupert Murdoch-owned outlets like the New York Post, Fox News and The Wall Street Journal. Instead, their allegiances have switched to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – Trump’s main rival for the Republican presidential nomination.
On its front page the New York Post labelled the former president ‘Trumpty Dumpty’ who “couldn’t build a wall and had a great fall” and asked whether Trump sabotaged the Republic midterms after many of the candidates he backed flopped.
In stark contrast, columnist Michael Goodman wrote an article celebrating DeSantis’s stunning Florida gubernatorial re-election victory and declaring him the “future” of the Republican party.
An opinion piece by the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal had the headline “Trump is the Republican Party’s Biggest Loser” while Fox News, for long one of Trump’s biggest supporters, featured a column by conservative commentator Liz Peek calling DeSantis “the new leader of the Republican Party.”
In response, Trump released a statement calling DeSantis an “average” governor and accused him of “playing games”.
“NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the no longer great New York Post (bring back Col!), is all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious, an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations,” he wrote.