EXCLUSIVE: President Trump's influential supporter, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is telling close associates he believes Joe Biden will win the election in a landslide
Sources say Murdoch is disgusted by Trump’s handling of COVID-19, remarking that the president is his own worst enemy, that he isn’t listening to advice about how to handle the pandemic, and that he’s creating a never-ending crisis for his administration
In response to an email inquiry for this story, Murdoch responded, “No comment except I’ve never called Trump an idiot,” referring to a 2018 report that the mogul called the president a “fucking idiot” following a chat about immigration
Murdoch had long prized having unfettered access to the White House, but people familiar with the matter say the two men have not spoken in several weeks after Murdoch grew tired of Trump’s endless complaints about so-called negative coverage on Fox News
The Australian billionaire told one associate, “after all that has gone on, people are ready for Sleepy Joe.”
Read the whole story by @lachcartwright here: trib.al/hIfeCR3

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