Former President Donald Trump on Thursday called The Wall Street Journal's editorial page a "mess" and said its influence is "badly waning" after recent opinion pieces critical of him were published.
"The Globalist "paper" sucks, its influence is badly waning, and the concept of, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, is not exactly music to their ears," Trump said in an early morning post on his Truth Social page. "They fought me hard in 2016, but when I WON, Rupert Murdoch was the first to call. "Great going," he said, "lets have lunch."
Trump said that after his win in 2016, Murdoch, who stepped down as the chair of Fox Corp and News Corp in September, "called often, never getting what he wanted to get, or hearing what he wanted to hear. How did that work out, Rupert?"
Trump said Murdoch has "given up on a hopeless Ron DeSanctimonious, who became Florida's Governor because of me, only to be pushing Nikki "Birdbrain" Haley, an even more disloyal candidate than Ron."
The former president insisted 2024 will be a "GLOBALIST DEFEAT, and a rebuke to the losers at the WSJ, who have gotten almost nothing right for years."
"Remember, I am leading Haley & DeSanctus by 50 Points, & Crooked Joe by a lot, & the Radical Left Democrats want no part of MAGA, or TRUMP!" he concluded.
Trump did not specify any specific Wall Street Journal opinion pieces or editorials in his social media post.
Tuesday, the publication's editorial pages contained an opinion piece discussing whether former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, a Trump appointee to that post, or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would be the candidate to square off against the former president, who is the clear front-runner at this point for the GOP presidential nomination.
The article discussed Haley's campaign, including her endorsement from Americans for Prosperity Action, part of the Koch network, which says she is their pick because she "consistently performs the best against Joe Biden compared to Trump or DeSantis."
The article also pointed out that DeSantis is behind in polls in New Hampshire and South Carolina but has picked up major endorsements in Iowa, including from Gov. Kim Reynolds and evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats.
The article concludes by saying that the White House and media want Trump to win the nomination "because they believe he will lose in November," and that "Republican voters will get their say, and premature triumphalism is never a good look."
The publication also criticized Trump on Wednesday over his vow to stop Obamacare after he wrote on his Truth Social page that he is "seriously looking at alternatives."
"Democrats are distorting the issue as ever, but they know Mr. Trump has no plan of his own," the paper's editorial board said.
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