Donald Trump's Favorite Newspaper Turns on Him

Former President Donald Trump's "favorite newspaper" has turned on him and urged the Republican Party to move away from their 2020 presidential candidate following the recent FBI raid at his Florida home.

The New York Post published a scathing editorial on Tuesday that accused the former president of "egomania" and called on the GOP to focus on President Joe Biden's "disasters" instead.

Trump responded to the Post's editorial on his Truth Social platform on Tuesday and complained that his "favorite newspaper" had now turned against him, while criticizing the editorial for what it left out.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Hilton Anatole on August 06, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. Trump has criticized The New York Post for an editorial taking aim at him. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Post said that the Mar-a-Lago raid had put Trump back in the news but that's "a problem for Republicans, who need to move beyond him."

"Yes, Trump did much good in his four years: Notice how Democrats have opted not to repeal his tax cuts. But he lost in 2020 because too many Americans—especially moderates—had gotten sick of his self-indulgent behavior. Since then, his egomania has only grown," the newspaper said.

The Post said that Trump's "derangement" about the 2020 election "is why Dems control the Senate now, and his endorsements in this year's primaries have helped saddle Republicans with enough weak Senate candidates this year that retaking the chamber seems increasingly out of reach."

The editorial discussed Biden and the upcoming midterm elections before concluding that Trump would not be helpful to Republicans' chances.

"Republicans, and their candidates, need to keep the focus firmly on the big picture. Namely: Biden and the Democrats are an ongoing disaster—and Donald Trump is no help in digging America out of it," the newspaper said.

Trump responded on Truth Social and suggested the New York Post was attempting to defend Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The former president has repeatedly criticized McConnell and called for his ouster.

"The New York Post, once my favorite newspaper, in defense of Mitch McConnell's weak performance in stopping the ridiculous, record-setting spending being done by Democrats (which will ruin our Country!) by not using 'all of the tools in the tool box,' like Debt Ceiling, doesn't discuss, in their recent Editorial, the advertisements run in Georgia by the Democrats," Trump wrote.

He was referring to the U.S. Senate elections in Georgia in January 2021 when Democrats highlighted a proposal for $2,000 stimulus checks. Both Trump and Democrats supported the idea, but McConnell was opposed.

Trump has repeatedly criticized McConnell for agreeing to raise the federal debt ceiling in a deal with Democrats, arguing McConnell should have used the debt ceiling threat to prevent the passage of Democratic legislation.

The newspaper's editorial did not name McConnell but he has suggested in the past that Republicans should move beyond the 2020 election.

"McConnell lost those two Senate seats, not Donald Trump!" the former president said.

Trump further criticized the Post's editorial for not including the fact that FBI special agent Timothy Thibault had retired. Thibault was involved with the Hunter Biden laptop investigation and the former president slammed him on Tuesday.

Newsweek has asked former President Trump's office for comment.

This is not the first time the New York Post has published an editorial criticizing Trump. In July, the newspaper wrote in an editorial that Trump's actions on January 6 were a matter of "eternal shame."

The Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which also owns The Wall Street Journal. That newspaper has also been critical of the former president, as well as some hosts on Fox News, which is owned by Murdoch's Fox Corporation.

On Tuesday, a Fox News panel dismissed the idea that Trump could be reinstated to the White House after the former president appeared to demand that he be declared the winner of the 2020 election or that a new election be held.

"All of us on this panel know that is not happening," said guest host Shannon Bream. "When the president says things like this, the former president, it gets a lot of eyeballs saying this is outrageous."

Also on Tuesday, conservative media personality and author Ann Coulter argued that recent conservative victories had happened without Trump and Republicans could move on from him.

"Trump fans are having a lot of fun, but it isn't indicative of a movement that's sweeping the nation," Coulter said on the podcast. "It's not the party of Trump. It's safe to come back, and it's safe for Republicans to stand up and run without Donald Trump."