Another ally of Donald Trump has joined the chorus urging the former president to move on from his defeat in the 2020 election.
Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch is the latest public figure to highlight Trump’s fixation with the election and suggest the time has come for American conservatives to look to the future.
“The current American political debate is profound, whether about education or welfare or economic opportunity,” Murdoch said.
“It is crucial that conservatives play an active, forceful role in that debate, but that will not happen if President Trump stays focused on the past. The past is the past, and the country is now in a contest to define the future.”
Earlier in November, Christie told the Republican Jewish Coalition conference that the Republican Party needed to move on. The former governor has also said the 2020 election was not tainted by fraud and Trump should acknowledge the fact.
“We can no longer talk about the past and the past elections. No matter where you stand on that issue, no matter where you stand, it is over,” Christie said.
“Every minute that we spend talking about 2020—while we’re wasting time doing that—Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are laying ruin to this country,” he added. “We better focus on that and take our eyes off the rearview mirror and start looking through the windshield again.”
Christie’s remarks provoked an angry response from Trump, who issued a statement saying the former governor “was just absolutely massacred by his statements that Republicans have to move on from the past, meaning the 2020 Election Fraud.”
Christie was a key early supporter of Trump and a close adviser, but may be considering his own run for the White House in 2024.
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was Senate majority leader while Trump was in office and played a key role in the administration’s agenda. However, he has repeatedly suggested that his party needs to look to the future. He expressed the sentiment again on November 8 while discussing next year’s midterm elections.
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“I think the key to ’22 is to have a discussion with the American people about the new administration, the Democratic Congress and what they’re doing. I think the election will be about the future and not the past,” McConnell said.
Trump has furiously criticized McConnell and called for him to be replaced as Republican leader in the Senate. The senator has also dismissed claims of voter fraud and did not support an effort to object to Electoral College votes on January 6.
Former Rep. Paul Ryan, who was Speaker of the House from 2015 to 2019, suggested in May that the GOP needed to move away from Trump himself. Although apparently never close with the former president, Ryan was a key figure during Trump’s first two years in office.
“Once again, we conservatives find ourselves at a crossroads,” Ryan said at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. “And here’s one reality we have to face. If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or on second-rate imitations, then we’re not going anywhere.”
Ryan is also a member of the Fox Corporation’s board of directors.
Other Trump allies are continuing to support the former president’s unfounded claims of fraud, however.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell told Trump in an interview that aired this week that “anyone who moves on” from the last election would be “saying that you’re OK” with the outcome.
Attorney Cleta Mitchell, who has pushed fraud claims and was a participant on Trump’s January 2 call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, was recently appointed to the Election Assistance Commission—a bipartisan body with very limited authority.