(PresidentialHill.com)- Over the past week, numerous indications have been that the Rupert Murdoch-owned US media is prepared to reject Donald Trump overwhelmingly. The Wall Street Journal dubbed Trump “the Republican party’s biggest loss,” the New York Post derided him as Humpty Dumpty, and even Fox News provided little to defend Trump’s disastrous midterm results.
But it seems that not everyone was ready to let Trump go on Fox News on Tuesday night as he declared his intention to run for president once more in 2024.
As early evening shows primarily ignored Trump’s planned announcement, later in the evening, some Fox News mainstays did their part to boost Trump, the right-wing network, once a steadfast supporter of the twice-impeached president, offered mixed messages on the importance and wisdom of Trump running for re-election.
Fox News may be moving away from their previous hero, according to the signals during the 6 o’clock hour.
Former vice president Mike Pence, who is said to be considering a run for president himself, was a guest on Bret Baier’s Fox News show, which is viewed as less biased than shows presented by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity.
Trump would not have been delighted to see Pence given airtime hours before the Mar-a-Lago announcement because the former president hates Pence after the latter refused to decertify the outcome of the 2020 election.
When asked about Trump’s impending declaration for president, Pence said, “Well, it’s a free nation, Bret, and the president is entitled to make whatever announcement he wants to make tonight.”
Pence says that he hears people saying that they want to go back to the policies of the Trump-Pence administration, but he also hears people saying that they would like to move forward with leadership that will unite our country around our highest ideal and reflects the kind of respect and civility that the American people demonstrate to each other every day.
Pence’s remarks support the thesis that the Murdoch press and the Fox News website have been pushing for days: that the nation has moved past Trump and that perhaps it’s time for someone else to take the helm.
But as Tuesday night progressed, Jesse Watters and Will Cain, as well as Hannity and Ingraham, paid much attention to Trump’s speech.
Trump is alive and well on Fox news.