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Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch Has a Scathing Message for Donald Trump, ‘The Past is the Past’

You have to take advice from SOMEONE, Donnie.

In a surprising statement from Rupert Murdoch, the emperor of cable news is telling Donald Trump to get over the election and move on. Surely Donald will take this well, right?

At the annual shareholders’ meeting for News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, Murdoch lamented Trump’s obsession with the 2020 election and all the perceived slights of the past.

Trump has been at odds with the Fox CEO since the network’s decision to call the state of Arizona — a key battleground — for Joe Biden last November. But Murdoch is done with the childishness:

The current American political debate is profound, whether about education or welfare or economic opportunity. It is crucial that conservatives play an active, forceful role in that debate, but that will not happen if President Trump stays focused on the past. The past is the past, and the country is now in a contest to define the future.

Honestly, it would be worse if Trump did listen to Rupert Murdoch here. Imagine the threat to American democracy if Trump was something more than a whiny, petulant little monster with a constant chip on his shoulder. We could actually have to deal with someone who had a terrible, backwards agenda and the political will to carry it out.

Fortunately, what we see instead is a child who demands that every Republican who wants his endorsement goes out of their way to “kiss the ring” in public — and kiss his a*s in private.

Trump has gone further, in fact. He has publicly stated that he will work against those Republicans who don’t state outright their belief that the 2020 election was stolen.

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Murdoch, of course, has many of the same complaints that Trump has expressed. He believes that social media “silences” conservative voices somehow and that they regularly manipulate their algorithms in favor of news that benefits a liberal viewpoint.

Just like Trump, Murdoch is wildly off base. Let’s hope that these two never actually get their heads together on anything important, or we will all be in trouble.

Andrew Simpson
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