Murdoch praises Trump's 'winning strategy'

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  • "Cruz bets uniting white conservatives/evangelicals enough, Meanwhile Trump appealing across party lines. Surely the winning strategy," Murdoch tweeted
  • Murdoch added that in the wake of Thursday night's Republican debate, the party's establishment is viewing Trump as the inevitable nominee

Washington (CNN)Media mogul Rupert Murdoch believes Donald Trump's ability to appeal across party lines will lead to victory over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

"Cruz bets uniting white conservatives/evangelicals enough, Meanwhile Trump appealing across party lines. Surely the winning strategy," Murdoch tweeted Friday night.
    Murdoch added that in the wake of Thursday night's Republican debate, the party's establishment is viewing Trump as the inevitable nominee.
    "24 hours and many influential Republicans see Trump inevitable and get ready to switch. United by horror of Hillary whose campaign staggers," Murdoch tweeted.
    Murdoch occasionally weighs in on the Republican primary fight. He previously backed Trump's controversial proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S., suggesting that a "complete refugee pause to fix vetting makes sense."
    In October, he attracted controversy for appearing to compare former Fox News contributor and current GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson's "blackness" to President Barack Obama's, a comment for which he later apologized.
    Murdoch's tweets come two days after New York magazine, citing four "high-placed" Fox News sources, reported that the media mogul is taking a more active hand in guiding the network, a subsidiary of his corporation, 21st Century Fox. Murdoch, 84, has been seen around the network's New York headquarters over the past few months at a time when the network has occasionally engaged in a public feud with GOP front-runner Donald Trump.