Lara Trump — Eric’s wife — will no longer be a paid contributor on Fox News following the decision by her father-in-law to announce another campaign for the presidency.
Her departure stems from Fox policy against employing candidates or individuals directly tied to active campaigns. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was once a press official in the Trump administration, similarly left Fox last year in connection to her eventually successful run for governor of Arkansas, where her father once served as chief executive. Fox confirmed Lara’s exit on Saturday, and the Los Angeles Times said the shake-up was “said to be amicable.” “We appreciate Lara’s valuable contributions across Fox News Media programming,” a spokesperson said. She can still appear on the network, but she just won’t be getting paid for doing so. Overall, Donald Trump’s family, including those related to the ex-president by marriage like Lara and Jared Kushner, have stayed relatively closely involved in his political operation — although Ivanka announced she’d be keeping her distance ahead of 2024.
“I love my father very much,” Ivanka said on Instagram. “This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family. I do not plan to be involved in politics. While I will always love and support my father, going forward I will do so outside the political arena. I am grateful to have had the honor of serving the American people and I will always be proud of many of our Administration’s accomplishments.” She wasn’t present for the evening speech at Mar-a-Lago where Donald finally confirmed the 2024 presidential bid at which he’d endlessly hinted. Meanwhile, opposition to Trump’s renewed presidential ambitions elsewhere in the Fox-o-sphere — meaning media properties financially tied to the Murdochs — is actually rather stark, for now.
“Trumpty Dumpty,” a recent New York Post cover proclaimed alongside an image of Trump fashioned to look like the character known as Humpty Dumpty, as reported on this site. “Don (who couldn’t build a wall) had a great fall — can all the GOP’s men put the party back together again?” an accompanying caption asked. Coverage accompanying the cover included an article from conservative writer John Podhoretz, who explicitly insisted in an article trumpeted by the publication — including with an apparent reference on the cover — that Donald should leave politics, or at least center stage, behind. It remains to be seen, however, how much of this opposition is actually sustained on a long-term scale or if it vaporizes the moment Trump threatens to wield his political power against those opposing him. Turning his base against someone Donald deems a so-called RINO or just insufficiently loyal to the cause seems to startle these people. Trump already sometimes feuds with Fox, including in outrage over the network’s call of Arizona for Biden in 2020.