If you were to ask most Republicans in early 2021 who should lead the Republican Party, they would have said, Donald Trump. Trump remained a prominent force within the GOP over the last two years, especially as Biden and the Democrats stumbled and fell again and again.
Many expected Trump would be a strong force going into the midterms. He helped numerous candidate win their primaries earlier in the year. He continued to host rallies across the country, stumping for candidates.
But everything came down to Tuesday and the results of key races. And many of the top candidates Trump backed stumbled and fell. Races that should have been easy wins for the GOP were far too close. And close races that Republicans could have won were easy wins for the left.
Now, it seems that even Trump’s closest allies are turning on him.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Just the News that former President Donald Trump is likely “rethinking and reappraising” running for president again in 2024, adding that he personally doesn’t see a scenario where Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis decides not to run for president in 2024…
“I think Trump’s got to look at the results and be troubled,” he added. “I can tell you, for me, this was not the result I expected. I thought we’d win a lot more seats.”
Gingrich added that Republicans have to look at the results and ask themselves what they did wrong and where they go from here. [Source: Just the News]
Wow. Newt has always been a strong supporter of Trump. But now, even he is cautioning the former president from injecting himself into the future of the party. Many expected a red wave to sweep over the midterms. When that didn’t happen, it seems many are blaming the former president.
It appears his polarizing attitude and increasingly bad press is turning voters away, who would have otherwise backed Republicans. And now, even one of his former staffers is turning against him.
McEnany continued, “I know there’s a temptation to start talking about 2024, no…2022 is not over. Every [bit of] Republican energy needs to go to grinding the Biden agenda to a halt. And that could go straight through the state of Georgia on December 6.”
Co-host Harris Faulkner then asked, “Does that include Trump?”
McEnany responded, “I think he needs to put it on pause, absolutely. Look, he’ll make that decision. He’ll make his own decision, but if I’m advising any contender, DeSantis, Trump, whomever, no one announces 2024 until we get through December 6.” [Source: Breitbart]
This is even bigger than Newt’s comments. McEnany was a tireless supporter of Trump during his administration. Now, she is urging him not to announce a 2024 bid, as it could affect the Georgia runoff election. And when asked if someone should go to Georgia to encourage the vote–she said Florida Gov. DeSantis would be welcome. Trump, not so much.
It remains to be seen how Trump will react to this. But there is a clear shift happening among Republicans. Trump no longer seems to be the golden goose that can secure the party’s victory. Now, even former supporters see him as a detriment.
Author: Kit Fargo