Although he announced that he is showing up again, it seems (although hold your breath) that we can see the “The beginning of the end” of the Donald Trump phenomenon in American politics.
Republicans were expected to do much better than they did on election night this year. Most of the Trump-backed MAGA candidates have lost. Now, some of the GOP’s biggest supporters in the media are questioning the viability of another Donald Trump run for president, most notable being Ruppert Murdoch’s media empire. In the days after the election, the New York Post, Wall Street Journal and Fox News – all owned and run by Murdoch’s company – basically popped up and told the former president not to run. .
Perhaps the most devastating headlines were in the Post. A lecture : “DeFUTURE: Young GOP star DeSantis takes victory in Florida.” The other, which I believe was specifically aimed at Trump himself, said: “TRUMPTY DUMPTY: Don (who couldn’t build a wall) had a great fall. Can all the GOP men put the party back together?”
Of course Trump went “on the wall” when he read the headlines and attacked Murdoch and his news outlets. In a rambling statement, Donald Trump wrote: “NewsCorp., which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post which is no longer big…is everything to Governor Ron DeSanctimonious, an average REPUBLICAN governor with great public relations.”
Trump and Murdoch have generally had a close relationship over the years. Yet even in the 1990s, the Post sometimes ran headlines that weren’t always positive for Mr. Trump. But, at the time, Trump wasn’t president or running for the job, and he welcomed any kind of title as long as his name was attached to it. I remember one, in particular, when he was having an affair with Marla Maples and was trying to divorce his then-wife, Ivana Trump. The title said: “Ivana is better!” And, she ended up getting a better deal and the divorce happened.
That headline, from Murdoch’s Post, cost Mr. Trump a lot of money. But, more specifically, it seems that his wife read his book “The Art of Dealing” and took it to heart.
This time, however, things are more problematic. Trump wants to be president again, but it will be very difficult to get there with men like Ruppert Murdoch jumping ship. For some reason I don’t think Trump will be able to send Ron “Dissanctimonious” as easily as him ” Lie “ Ted Cruz or “Little Marco” Rubio. DeSantis is the real McCoy and just won a decisive election in Florida.
For those of us who are ready to put “election deniers” and attempts to undo fair elections in the rearview mirror of the nation’s history, Trump’s troubles are welcome news. It’s time for Republicans to leave it at Mar-a-Lago and move on. Hopefully, more healthy and normal politics can return to the GOP. The country needs it.
Rolland Kidder is a Stow resident and former New York State Assemblyman.