This could be a question that is asked these days…..
The answer is yes.
But since Trump is hiding in the White House he is still making news…..and very little of it is good.
I have already written a post about Trump’s desire to stay active and a possible candidate in 2024……https://lobotero.com/2020/11/10/gone-but-will-not-be-forgotten/
It looks like the fair weather friends like FOX News is deserting the soon to be ex-president….and he is not happy about their turncoats……
It’s no secret that relations between President Trump and Fox News have soured of late—especially after the network called Arizona for Joe Biden ahead of everyone else. Now, a report at Axios suggests things are going to get worse. The outlet says Trump plans to create a digital media company to compete with Fox for viewers on the right. Coverage:
- Revenge: “He plans to wreck Fox,” a source tells Axios. For now, expect Trump to publicly slam the network at rallies. The longer-term strategy involves creating a digital streaming service—much easier and cheaper to launch than a cable network—and making use of Trump’s extensive database of supporters to lure subscribers away from Fox.
- Another rival: Trump of late has been promoting coverage at existing Fox rivals on the right such as Newsmax, which media writer Brian Stelter of CNN notes is seeing a big surge in ratings. Before the election, it averaged 25,000 viewers at any given time. Now, the figure is above 400,000. That’s still small compared to Fox’s 1.86 million, but “this is the most robust right-wing TV challenge to Fox that I have ever seen,” writes Stelter. Newsmax doesn’t view Joe Biden as president-elect, as Fox’s news team does.
- Still strong: But Newsmax’s rise doesn’t seem to be hurting Fox’s numbers. Mediaite notes that the network swept the top three spots Tuesday on cable news and digs into the numbers.
- Day-night split: At the Intercept, Robert Mackey takes note of Fox’s day-night split. Daytime anchors see Biden as the winner, but nighttime anchors of opinion shows, led by Sean Hannity, are largely pushing Trump’s message that Biden’s victory is illegitimate. Mackey suggests Fox will continue providing this nighttime voice for the near future: “The goal, for both Fox and the Republicans, is to avoid alienating Trump—at least long enough to ensure that he doesn’t turn on the party before control of the Senate is settled in the two runoff elections in Georgia on January 5.”
- Rupert’s view: Rupert Murdoch, the media magnate behind Fox, is reacting to the election with a “realpolitik” view, writes Michael M. Grynbaum at the New York Times. The day-night split mentioned above is an example. Fox’s news team won’t budge in retracting its view that Biden won, but Trump still has Hannity and company pushing his views. Trump just shouldn’t expect too much loyalty from the Murdoch empire—in fact, some of Murdoch’s other outlets, including the New York Post, have turned relatively negative on the president since Nov. 3. As Grynbaum puts it: “Presidents come and go. Rupert Murdoch remains.”
- Trump’s view: It might be summed up in an interview he gave to Fox & Friends on Election Day. “Somebody said: ‘What’s the biggest difference between this and four years ago?'” said Trump, per the Hill. “And I say Fox.”
FOX the bastion of conserv thought and propaganda….will it survive if Trump jump’s ship?
Trump has a new scam to take in cash….a PAC, Save America……
President Trump has settled on one way he’ll try to keep a grip on Republican Party politics whenever he’s out of office: He’ll form a leadership political action committee. Controlling a PAC will provide money for Trump to use to influence candidates and issues, the Hill reports. There’s a limit on individual contributions of $5,000, but no limit on the number of people who can donate. His PAC, Save America, will be able to take money from other PACs, as well. “The president always planned to do this, win or lose, so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud,” Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman, said in a statement. The development comes as Trump continues to pursue legal challenges against Joe Biden’s victory.
“President Trump is not going anywhere anytime soon,” a Republican strategist told the New York Times. “He’s going to insert himself in the national debate in a way that’s unlike any of his predecessors.” That debate would include the 2022 midterm elections. Among the expenses the PAC could pay for is Trump’s travel for political appearances. Fundraising appeals sent out by the Trump campaign on Monday night broke the news that 60% of the donations received would go to the new PAC. Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the president’s most steadfast supporters, suggested that Trump consider running again should he end up the 2020 loser, or at least “create an organization, platforms over the next four years to keep his movement alive.”
Of course he will have the big spenders and the small donors…..where will the money go?
President Trump’s team is urging supporters to donate money to the “Official Election Defense Fund.” Otherwise, “the Left will try to STEAL this election!” reads one typical text that has gone out to potential donors, reports Reuters. However, a look at the fine print might come as a surprise to those who contribute—the money is unlikely to go toward any recounts or election challenges. Both Reuters and Politico come to that conclusion after an examination. Coverage:
- Steep hill: No money goes to the election defense fund touted in the pitches unless a person gives more than $8,333, according to both sites.
- Instead: Prior to that amount, 60% goes to a new leadership PAC started by Trump and 40% goes to the Republican National Committee. The RNC can spend money on recount efforts but is not obligated to do so; lawyers think the PAC cannot legally use its money on recounts, per Politico. The latter site says the money will instead “set the stage for the president’s next act.”
- Example: If someone makes a $500 contribution, $300 goes to Trump’s Save America PAC and $200 to the RNC, per Reuters. None goes to a recount fund. Both the PAC and the RNC have broad leeway to use the money as they wish. Trump could use the PAC money for personal expenses such as travel, while the RNC could use the money for the upcoming Georgia runoff races in the Senate.
- A critic: “This looks like a good old-fashioned bait and switch,” writes Paul S. Ryan of Common Cause in an op-ed at USA Today. He thinks Trump donors are being duped with pitches that strongly suggest all of their money will go to the legal challenges and recounts. He charges that PACs such as the one Trump set up amount to “personal slush funds.”
- Another critic: Dana Milbank at the Washington Post has similar harsh words. Trump isn’t actually trying to overturn the election, writes Milbank. “He’s simply running one more scam before he leaves office that would enable him to enrich himself.”
- A defense: Ohio pastor Darrell Scott tells Reuters that he doesn’t think fellow Trump supporters will mind at all. “I see this as two pockets on the same pair of pants,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if it goes into the left or the right pocket. In the end, the money will be used for a legitimate purpose that his supporters will get behind.”
His supporters have so much disposable income that they can piss money away all in the name of bigotry…..for Trump scam.
There is truly…… “No Fixin’ Stupid”
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”