It seems that former President Donald Trump has recently lost the confidence of former close ally Rupert Murdoch as both of the major newspapers he owns have apparently turned against Trump.
Following the increasingly damning Jan. 6 hearings, The Wall Street Journal published an opinion under the headline, “The President Who Stood Still on Jan. 6,” in which their editorial board sharply criticized Trump for his enabling of and inaction during the Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
The WSJ board wrote:
“No matter your views of the Jan. 6 special committee, the facts it is laying out in hearings are sobering. The most horrifying to date came Thursday in a hearing on President Trump’s conduct as the riot raged and he sat watching TV, posting inflammatory tweets and refusing to send help.
The committee’s critics are right that it lacks political balance,” the newspaper wrote. “Still, the brute facts remain: Mr. Trump took an oath to defend the Constitution, and he had a duty as Commander in Chief to protect the Capitol from a mob attacking it in his name. He refused. He didn’t call the military to send help. He didn’t call Mr. Pence to check on the safety of his loyal VP. Instead he fed the mob’s anger and let the riot play out.”
The Journal concluded, “Character is revealed in a crisis, and Mr. Pence passed his Jan. 6 trial. Mr. Trump utterly failed his.”
Murdoch’s The New York Post editorial board also went after Trump under their own headline of “Trump’s silence on Jan. 6 is damning,” writing:
“As his followers stormed the Capitol, calling on his vice president to be hanged, President Donald Trump sat in his private dining room, watching TV, doing nothing. For three hours, seven minutes.
There has been much debate over whether Trump’s rally speech on Jan. 6, 2021, constituted ‘incitement.’ That’s somewhat of a red herring. What matters more — and has become crystal clear in recent days — is that Trump didn’t lift a finger to stop the violence that followed,” the NY Post wrote. “And he was the only person who could stop what was happening. He was the only one the crowd was listening to. It was incitement by silence.”
The Post finished by saying that Trump is unfit for office:
“His only focus was to find any means — damn the consequences — to block the peaceful transfer of power.
There is no other explanation, just as there is no defense, for his refusal to stop the violence,” the newspaper wrote. “It’s up to the Justice Department to decide if this is a crime. But as a matter of principle, as a matter of character, Trump has proven himself unworthy to be this country’s chief executive again.”