Murdoch Family Cuts DeSantis Loose as Campaign Continues Losing Steam

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The Ron DeSantis campaign is in dire trouble. The corporate donors who have poured $20 million into his campaign are frustrated at the lack of progress so far. DeSantis has done nothing but drop in the polls ever since he announced his campaign launch. Stagnation would be better.

At least he’d be staying in the same place then, rather than dropping like a stone. The situation is so bad that the Murdoch clan that runs Fox News is now abandoning DeSantis for 2024.

The elder Murdoch, 92-year-old Rupert, and his son Lachlan, who runs the Fox Corporation, are done with DeSantis. The network has spent the past two years building up DeSantis as the potential Trump-killer in 2024, producing documentaries about him and building him up as a candidate.

“They are transactional and can smell a loser a mile away,” says an insider from Fox News. Rupert Murdoch has been complaining about DeSantis’ “abysmal” polling and the campaign’s seeming opposition to homosexuality and transgenderism. If there’s one thing we all know about Fox News, it is a network that fully supports homosexuality and transgenderism.

The elder Murdoch is also concerned about DeSantis’ wooden, awkward appearances in public. Ron DeSantis has obvious difficulty in connecting with real people out on the campaign trail. It’s so bad that autism advocates have been weighing in on whether DeSantis might be “on the spectrum.”

The Murdochs are reportedly courting Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin now. They hope to offer him enough cash to coax Youngkin into committing political suicide by running against Trump. Other DeSantis mega-donors are considering switching their support to Sen. Tim Scott.

Still others are thinking about throwing in behind Chris Christie, or luring Georgia Governor Brian Kemp into the race. In other words, it’s going to be another primary of candidate ping pong like 2016, when donors kept trying to get every different candidate to take out Donald Trump.