When talk of the possibility of a Trump TV station emerged in the summer, Donald Trump brushed off the idea. “I have no interest in a media company. False rumor,” he told The Washington Post in September.
But, as Trump himself is fond of saying, that denial may be “just words.” The Financial Times reports today that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and the publisher of the New York Observer, has been looking into the idea of starting a network after the elections.
How seriously Kushner is looking into this, and whether it could actually be pulled off remains to be seen, accoring to FT’s Matthew Garrahan and James Fontanella-Khan:
Their conversation was brief and has not progressed since, the people said. Mr Bourkoff and Mr Kushner both declined to comment.
However, the approach suggests Mr Kushner and the Republican candidate himself are thinking about how to capitalise on the populist movement that has sprung up around their campaign in the event of an election defeat to Democrat Hillary Clinton next month. Mr Trump has in recent days ramped up his criticism of the “dishonest and distorted” mainstream media, which he accuses of being biased against him in collusion with the Clinton campaign.
This election, or at least its contents, may just be endless yet.