Fox CEO rips Trump, donates $1M to Anti-Defamation League


James Murdoch, the CEO of 21st Century Fox and son of conservative media magnate Rupert Murdoch, ripped President Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, also pledging a $1 million donation to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The Hollywood Reporter reported Thursday that it had obtained the email memo Murdoch sent to friends. In the email, Murdoch says he was concerned with Trump’s comments on the violence that broke out during a white supremacist rally Saturday.

“What we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the President of the United States concern all of us as Americans and free people,” Murdoch wrote in the email.

{mosads}”These events remind us all why vigilance against hate and bigotry is an eternal obligation — a necessary discipline for the preservation of our way of life and our ideals. The presence of hate in our society was appallingly laid bare as we watched swastikas brandished on the streets of Charlottesville and acts of brutal terrorism and violence perpetrated by a racist mob,” the email continued.

“I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.”

Later in the email, Murdoch announced that he would be donating to the ADL and encouraged his friends to do so as well.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and more than a dozen people were injured when a car allegedly driven by a man attending the white supremacist rally was driven into a crowd of counterprotesters on Saturday, according to police.

In a wild, impromptu press conference Tuesday, Trump doubled down on his claims that “both sides” deserved blame for violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville.

Trump’s equivocating response has resulted in backlash from politicians and political observers from both political parties.


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