January 8, 2021

Oh, don’t you worry, Trump still has his core of supporters inside the walls of Fox News. Many of the pundits who have supported, enabled and excused his behavior for the past four years aren’t about to jump off the ship even as it is sinking.

But there are some inside the Fox News stratosphere who think Trump might be done as a serious political candidate. Then again, it only took four years and people storming into the Capitol for them to come to that conclusion.

Fox News’ Bret Baier said, “I think (Wednesday) changed the entire political dynamic going forward, and it’s hard to see how the Trump political force is what it is the day before (Wednesday).”

“Fox & Friends” co-anchor Brian Kilmeade called Trump’s behavior “terrible” and said it cost the GOP two Senate seats in Georgia, and the majority in the Senate.

On Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery said, “I have to say, after the losses in Georgia, after his speech (Wednesday) that we sat through which I thought was full of self-pity, and rambling, and incoherence, he can no longer be the leader of this movement.”

Even controversial Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren, a diehard Trump supporter who has made a career spewing Trump-like rhetoric, said, “I don’t think that’s the best idea” when asked if Trump should run again in 2024. Then again, she added, “I do think that we are going to need a leader that is Trump-like.”

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Tom Jones is Poynter’s senior media writer for He was previously part of the Tampa Bay Times family during three stints over some 30…
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