- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 15, 2020

Multiple sources close to Rupert Murdoch say the billionaire predicts a wave of “Sleepy Joe” support on Election Day.

An exclusive by The Daily Beast published Thursday details the “semi-retired” media mogul’s stance that President Trump will ultimately fall to Joseph R. Biden’s Democratic campaign in November.

“He is now firmly of the mindset that the next president will be Biden, telling one associate, ‘after all that has gone on, people are ready for Sleepy Joe,’” the website reported.

Three sources close to media titan said that he is particularly irked by the White House’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Murdoch replied with a non-denial when asked for comment.

“In response to an email inquiry for this report asking him if he believes Biden will win in a landslide and his thoughts on Trump’s handling of coronavirus, Murdoch responded, ‘No comment except I’ve never called Trump an idiot,’ referring to a 2018 report that the media mogul called the president a “f—-ing idiot” following a chat about immigration,” the Daily Beast reported.

Day-to-day operations of the 89-year-old’s Fox and News Corp empire are currently handled by his son, Lachlan.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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