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Murdoch flagship WSJ turns on Trump: ‘If Republicans lose seats Trump will be reason’

The right-leaning Wall Street Journal’s editorial board has warned that the loss of two Republican-held senate seats in Georgia – two races that will determine the power balance in Congress – will cost Donald Trump his legacy, as he continues to mount a specious legal battle to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“If Republicans lose those seats, President Trump will be the main reason, and the main casualty will be his legacy,” the editorial board wrote on 3 December.

The newspaper’s editorial board criticised the president’s baseless attempts to undermine election results and warned that his attacks on other members of the GOP who have condemned his remarks and spurious lawsuits are “causing a split in the party” benefitting Democrats.

The editorial from the flagship legacy publication from Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp follows the president’s public falling out with Fox News, another NewsCorp property, as its pundits signal that the end of the Trump White House is imminent. The president has instead embraced the right-wing cable news networks One American News and Newsmax, as he welcomes their deference and amplifies their false election fraud claims in his final weeks in office. 

The outcome of two highly scrutinised Senate runoff races in Georgia – Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock facing Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively – will determine whether Democrats have a grip on both chambers of Congress along with the White House.

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