Fox News boss Rupert Murdoch has reportedly soured on the Ron DeSantis campaign and is instead urging Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin to enter the race.
The billionaire urged Youngkin to throw his hat in the ring during at least two meetings over the past several months, according to a report from the Washington Post. Murdoch also believes that re-nominating Donald Trump for president would be “unhealthy” for the Republican Party.
Former President Trump has repeatedly criticized Fox News since he formally announced his 2024 campaign earlier this year. Trump most recently confirmed reports that he would be skipping next week’s opening GOP presidential debate in favor of a sit-down interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
As Murdoch outlets pivoted away from Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis became the primary benefactor. This appears to be subsiding, the Washington Post noted, as DeSantis continues to slump in the polls. A number of recent national polls have DeSantis falling behind surging businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, who has differed from other candidates in unequivocally defending the former president against indictments from the Biden DOJ and partisan district attorneys.
As a result, Murdoch is now hoping that Youngkin will enter the race. The first