According to sources within the White House, President Trump is slowly coming to the realization that he may not be the Commander in Chief come January, and that he and his team were working on an exit strategy that could keep him in the spotlight for decades to come.
Trump was declared the loser of the 2020 election by the Associated Press on Saturday, ahead of the official certification of results that comes on a state-by-state basis later this month. In the days preceding and following, the President had sent teams of lawyers out to cities and states around the nation to dispute the results and/or the electoral process.
As these efforts continue to dwindle, the CEO-in-Chief is pondering his next move, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Some Trump advisers think Fox News made a mistake with an early call (seconded by AP) of President-elect Biden’s win in Arizona. That enraged Trump, and gave him something tangible to use in his attacks on the network.
“He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it,” said a source with detailed knowledge of Trump’s intentions.
And just how would he do that?
There’s been lots of speculation about Trump starting a cable channel. But getting carried on cable systems would be expensive and time-consuming.
Instead, Trump is considering a digital media channel that would stream online, which would be cheaper and quicker to start.
Trump’s digital offering would likely charge a monthly fee to MAGA fans. Many are Fox News viewers, and he’d aim to replace the network — and the $5.99-a-month Fox Nation streaming service, which has an 85% conversion rate from free trials to paid subscribers — as their top destination.
Donald Trump’s enormous email and phone call list, amassed during his election and reelection campaigns, would give him an enormous head start.
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