New York Post buries Trump 2024 launch: 'Florida Man Makes Announcement'

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The New York Post took another jab at Donald Trump on Wednesday, burying the launch of his 2024 White House bid on page 26 of the former president’s favorite tabloid.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper derisively referred to Trump as “Florida Man” on its cover, teasing the launch — which was held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday night — at the bottom of the front page with the headline “Florida Man Makes Announcement.”

The banner on the bottom of the front cover of Wednesday's New York Post reads: Florida Man Makes Announcement.
The front page of Wednesday’s New York Post. (New York Post)

Inside, a brief column attributed to Post staff was dripping with sarcasm.

“With just 720 days to go before the next election, a Florida retiree made the surprise announcement that he was running for president,” the column began. “In a move no political pundit saw coming, avid golfer Donald J. Trump kicked things off at Mar-a-Lago, his resort and classified-documents library.

“Trump, famous for gold-plated lobbies and for firing people on reality television, will be 78 in 2024,” it continued. “His cholesterol levels are unknown, but his favorite food is charred steak with ketchup.”

Murdoch’s conservative media empire — which includes the Post, the Wall Street Journal and Fox News — helped propel Trump’s remarkable rise from New York real estate mogul and reality show star to the presidency.

But those formerly Trump-friendly outlets have soured on him in the wake of the lackluster showing by Republicans in last week’s midterm elections. And each took turns blaming him for the GOP’s dismal performance.

“Ron DeSantis is the new Republican Party leader,” Fox News said in an online editorial after the Florida governor secured a resounding reelection victory ahead of his own looming decision about whether to run for president in 2024.

“The biggest winner of the midterm elections was, without a doubt, Governor Ron DeSantis,” the editorial read. “The biggest loser? Donald Trump.”

Former President Donald Trump points to supporters in the crowd after he announces his 2024 presidential campaign at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.
Former President Donald Trump announces his 2024 presidential campaign at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday night. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

“Trump Is the Republican Party’s Biggest Loser,” the Wall Street Journal declared in a blistering editorial.

“He has now flopped in 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022,” the paper’s editorial board wrote. “What will Democrats do when Donald Trump isn’t around to lose elections?”

The Post anointed DeSantis “DeFuture” of the GOP and depicted Trump as “Trumpty Dumpty.”

Trump fared a little better with Fox News on Tuesday. Most of his primetime announcement was carried live on Trump-friendly host Sean Hannity’s show. But even Hannity cut away for about 10 minutes to offer pro-Trump analysis from his guests, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who applauded the former president for mostly sticking to the teleprompter.

“If he keeps on like this tonight,” Huckabee said, “he is unbeatable in 2024.”