Bannon Threatens Rupert Murdoch With Second Trump Administration

Conservative commentator and political strategist Steve Bannon recently threatened businessman Rupert Murdoch, saying he would expose Murdoch’s illegal acquisition of Fox News in a second Trump administration.

During an episode of the War Room podcast, Bannon alleged that Murdoch “gundecked” his citizenship while trying to purchase Fox News. The conservative commentator said that if former President Donald Trump is elected in 2024, evidence could be shown of Murdoch’s illegal acquisition in a second Trump administration.

“I believe we could show that in the next Trump administration, he gundecked his citizenship in the middle of trying to buy Fox Broadcasting. Because guess what? You’re supposed to be an American citizen. Well, they took care of that so he could buy it. It was completely illegal, completely bought foreign,” Bannon said.

Bannon continued attacking the Murdoch family, calling them “neo-liberal neocons” who support the concentration of wealth in America.

“They are foreign. It’s a foreign billionaire family that do not, does not have the best interests of the United States in mind, except as a market where they happen to own media assets, including a television network, I believe, illegally,” the conservative firebrand said.

Bannon went on to issue a scathing rebuke of Fox News, accusing the network of spreading anti-Trump narratives and supporting the former president’s primary challengers, such as former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who has dropped out of the GOP presidential race.

“You don’t see Fox attacking Nikki at all. You certainly don’t see them attacking her positions as positions that are stone-cold losers,” Bannon said.

The conservative commentator also criticized Fox News host Brian Kilmeade for calling individuals who oppose funding Ukraine with billions of dollars “radicals.”

“Can’t listen to these radicals who want to talk about not getting into war. Everything Fox stands for, we stand for the opposite. You know why? We’re populists, nationalists, and they’re neo-liberal, neocons,” Bannon said, mocking Kilmeade’s comments.

Bannon has repeatedly attacked Murdoch. During a speech at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) in March 2023, the conservative commentator mocked Murdoch, accusing him of trying to prevent Trump’s chances of being elected president in 2024.