On Friday, former President Donald Trump suggested that his longtime opponents at CNN, in a bid to save the struggling network, shift toward conservative coverage, making him the centerpiece.
“If CNN were smart, they’d open up a Conservative network, only have me on, and it would be the most successful network in History,” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Friday. “Fox only made it because of me, Twitter only made it because of me, and even Facebook is now in the tubes, having lost almost $90 billion since I was taken off, which was considered one of the biggest mistakes in business over the last two years.”
Trump’s comments come as many conservatives have begun to point to him as the cause behind the expected red wave’s failure to materialize. Many of Trump’s endorsed candidates in key races, such as Doug Mastriano, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lee Zeldin, lost their races. As a result, many longtime Trump supporters and other Republicans pushed Trump to avoid a presidential run in 2024.
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan called Trump a “drag on our ticket” earlier this week who “gave us problems politically” despite what was expected to be a GOP landslide.
Trump has also begun attacking other prominent Republicans, some of whom he endorsed just a few years ago, who may make a bid for the White House in 2024. These include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whom he called “average” and warned against running, saying he would “hurt himself,” and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin — whose name he claimed “sounds Chinese.”
Trump’s rant for a conservative shift at CNN comes as the network’s new president, Chris Licht, has been making a bid to push it away from left-leaning commentary and towards nonpartisan coverage.
Trump also recently took aim at the New York Post after it recently ran a cover story headlined “Trumpty Dumpty,” which detailed how “toxic Trump” had damaged and derailed the GOP in the midterm while also failing on his promise to building a wall at the southern border.
“The New York Post today has a story about the Wall, but my progress on the Wall was slowed down by News Corp Board Member Paul Ryan, who together with the Broken Old Crow Mitch McConnell, weren’t able to get me the funds,” Trump said.
“I ended up getting them anyway, after two-and-a-half years of lawsuits, through another source, and completed the Wall plus certain additions that were made, which could have been done in three weeks, but no, the Biden Administration stupidly wanted Open Borders,” Trump added.
Regardless, Trump is pushing forward with a “special announcement” next week, where he is expected to announce plans to run for president in 2024, in spite of mounting calls among GOP voters who say Trump shouldn’t run for another term.