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A ‘dumb son of a b—-‘: Trump reportedly slammed McConnell, Pence during fundraiser speech



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Former President Donald Trump went after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and former Vice President Mike Pence during a Saturday speech in front of Republican donors, according to attendees, multiple outlets reported.

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The Saturday evening comments from the former president and potential 2024 GOP contender occurred at his Mar-a-Lago club and residence in Palm Beach, Florida at a fundraiser in front of top Republican National Committee donors.

Citing an attendee, The New York Times reported the former president calling McConnell, the top Senate Republican, a “dumb son of a b—-” and a “stone cold loser”. A “real leader,” Trump said, would never have accepted the results of that election, according to the attendee.

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The Wall Street Journal also reported Trump calling McConnell the first insult, citing an attendee who heard the comments. According to the person, while the former commander-in-chief also said he was “disappointed” in former Pence, Trump didn’t project the same tension as with McConnell.

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Furthermore, The Times‘ Maggie Haberman reported that the 45th U.S. president took credit for the Kentucky Republican’s margin of victory in 2020, citing an attendee.

“Did he ever say thank you to me? No. I hired his wife. Did he ever say thank you to me? No,” Trump reportedly said, referencing McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who was Secretary of Transportation in his administration. The former president reportedly added that he feels “sorry” for her, saying, “She’s suffered so greatly.”

Haberman also reported in the same Twitter thread that Trump said Pence, whose life was in danger from a mob storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6, should have had “the courage” to refuse to certify the results.

McConnell voted with all Senate Republicans—except for seven—to acquit Trump in the impeachment trial over the former president allegedly inciting the Capitol riot that resulted in five deaths. However, the top Senate Republican blamed him for all that the rioters’ did that day.

“They did this because they had been fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth—because he was angry he’d lost an election,” McConnell said in a February 13 speech. “Former President Trump’s actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty.”

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Rupert Murdoch Steps Down as Chairman of Fox Corporation and News Corp



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Rupert Murdoch, the 92-year-old media tycoon, announced his decision to step down from his roles as Chairman of Fox Corporation and Executive Chairman of News Corp on Thursday. The transition is set to take effect in November, with his son, Lachlan Murdoch, assuming the position of sole chairman for both media conglomerates.

According to reports from Fox News, Murdoch addressed his colleagues in a letter, where he explained that his decision was prompted by a desire to embrace new roles while recognizing the capable leadership of his son, Lachlan. He stated, “For my entire professional life, I have been engaged daily with news and ideas, and that will not change. But the time is right for me to take on different roles, knowing that we have truly talented teams and a passionate, principled leader in Lachlan who will become sole Chairman of both companies.”

Despite the transition, Rupert Murdoch made it clear that he would remain actively involved in the “contest of ideas,” highlighting the intensifying battle over freedom of speech and freedom of thought. He criticized elites and the media for prioritizing narratives over the pursuit of truth.

“In my new role, I can guarantee you that I will be involved every day in the contest of ideas,” he wrote.

Lachlan Murdoch issued a statement, congratulating his father for his remarkable 70-year career and acknowledging his enduring impact on the companies he founded. He expressed gratitude for Rupert Murdoch’s vision, pioneering spirit, and steadfast determination, assuring that he would continue to provide valuable counsel in his role as Chairman Emeritus.

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire includes FOX News Channel, which has been a dominant force in 24-hour news coverage since its launch in 1996. Under his leadership, it became one of the world’s most influential news sources. Additionally, Murdoch served as the CEO of 21st Century Fox from 1979 until 2015 and as its Chairman from 1991 to 2015.

Murdoch’s career began in 1954 when he assumed control of News Limited, a public corporation in Australia previously led by his father. He expanded his media holdings internationally, acquiring major UK publications like News of the World and The Sun in 1969, as well as U.S. newspapers including the New York Post and The Village Voice.

His impact extended to television with the launch of the FOX Broadcasting company in 1986 and the subsequent establishment of FOX Sports. In 2019, Fox Corporation emerged as a standalone, publicly traded entity following the separation of 21st Century Fox, redefining the U.S. media landscape.

Rupert Murdoch’s contributions to the media industry have earned him numerous accolades, including the Companion of the Order of Australia (A.C.) and induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Alongside his family, he has supported various charitable organizations across the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Asia, and Israel.

The transition of leadership marks a significant moment in the media world, as Rupert Murdoch’s enduring legacy continues to influence the future of media and journalism.

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