Behind the scenes within the republican party, there are two types of people this week: Those looking to persevere and prove this President right, and those who have long waited for an “out”. Paul Ryan is hoping to gather more of the latter.
The former House Speaker has been a longtime critic of President Trump, and his departure from Washington DC has largely been attributed to the Commander in Chief’s actions. The two simply could not see eye-to-eye, putting Ryan in the difficult spot of either being chastised by the rabid republican base for his friction with the President, or acquiescing to political behavior that he himself wasn’t comfortable with.
He chose the “out” over the perseverance.
Now he’s hoping to recruit more quitters into his camp, even approaching Fox News about turning on Trump.
Vanity Fair’s Gabe Sherman, citing four sources, reported that Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch, who has long tried to move Fox News to the center, “is already thinking about how to position the network for a post-Trump future.”
Ryan, the longtime Trump antagonist, has reportedly been suggesting to Murdoch that “Fox should decisively break with the president” as Murdoch holds “strategy conversations with Fox executives and anchors about how Fox News should prepare for life after Trump.”
And why is Ryan so vested in this media maneuvering?
Vanity Fair cited “an executive who’s spoken with Ryan” who simply said: “Paul is embarrassed about Trump and now he has the power to do something about it.”
The President himself has increasingly excoriated Fox News in recent months, as the network seems to be acting on some of the tenets of Murdoch’s centrism.
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