Fox Business host Stuart Varney has once again gone after Donald Trump for bringing down the Republican Party.
Varney — a former Trump ally who once insisted the then-president had never told the American people a lie — devoted a segment Tuesday to criticizing Trump for supporting duds in the recent midterm elections. He also countered Trump’s attempt to retract comments he made over the weekend calling for parts of the constitution to be terminated to accommodate his desire to be reinstated as president.
“He talked about ending parts of the Constitution. That plays right into the hands of the Democrats,” Varney said. “He’s trying to walk it back today, but the damage is done.”
Varney also said Trump “appears to be losing what used to be his iron grip on the GOP,” noting that candidates he supported in key midterm races in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania had all lost.
And with Georgians voting Tuesday for the runoff between Republican Herschel Walker and Senator Raphael Warnock (D), Varney noted that the stakes are high: “More than just the balance of power in the Senate. It’s about the state of the Republican Party and Trump’s role in it.”
Varney predicted that Trump would not take responsibility for the outcome unless it was favorable.
“If Walker wins, Trump is guaranteed to get all the credit. If Walker loses, Trump will blame Walker for not inviting Trump into the state,” he said.
To top it all off, Varney quoted from an editorial in the Wall Street Journal that warned Republicans that they would effectively “end” the GOP if they chose Trump as their 2024 presidential nominee.
Varney has repeatedly criticized Trump in recent weeks. After Trump announced his intention to participate in 2024, Varney said the speech lacked some of the “old magic.” He has also accused Trump of “dragging the Republican Party in the mud” with his attacks on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, his potential rival for the party’s nomination.
The host’s segment comes amid reports that Rupert Murdoch and news organizations in his right-wing media empire are moving away from Trump and instead turning to DeSantis in 2024. While Trump still has allies and former surrogates at Fox News, he’s increasingly drawn to friendly fire from media owned by Murdoch, including the New York Post, Fox networks, and in particular the Wall Street Journal.