Rupert Murdoch gives up on DeSantis and would have a new name to fight Trump

Billionaire media baron Rupert Murdoch would like to see one Republican in particular take on former President Donald Trump, the frontrunner in the 2024 GOP primary.

On Wednesday, The New York Times said Murdoch “told people privately” that he wanted to see Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) enter the race.

Earlier this year, Youngkin ruled himself out of a race, with commentators suggesting he was preparing for the 2028 election. However, in May there was renewed speculation that he could throw his hat in the ring an election cycle earlier.

Murdoch’s reported pick came as his media organizations – including Fox News – soured on his original choice to face Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), amid the governor’s wavering campaign.

On Tuesday, Rolling Stone said Murdoch and top Fox executives were “increasingly unhappy” with his campaign’s “perceived stumbles, lackluster polls and failure to dethrone Trump quickly.” Relations between Murdoch and Trump have also soured in recent years.


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