Are Republicans Ready To Move On From Donald Trump?
After the Republican’s disappointing midterms, party leaders and media outlets are looking for someone to blame. By and large, that someone is Donald Trump. Across the spectrum, fingers are pointing at the former president, who still wields tremendous power and influence in the Republican Party but polarizes moderate voters. After three consecutive disappointing elections under the MAGA banner – 2018 midterms, 2020 election, 2022 midterms – the party appears ready to move on from Trump. The key question on the path to 2024: will Trump go quietly?
Key Quotes: John Podhoretz called Trump the “most profound vote repellent in modern American history.” Matt Lewis is not confident a disappointing midterm will be enough for the Republicans to move on, writing, “I’m not naive enough to think anything could break Trump’s spell over the GOP.” Chris Cillizza broke down Trump’s string of defeats, determining that “if ANY other politician had the sort of electoral record that Trump boasts, it’s hard for me to imagine politicians would continue paying obeisance to them.”
For Context: As of midday Thursday, control of both chambers of congress remains unknown, with votes still uncounted in a number of states. Trump is expected to announce his third presidential campaign on Nov. 15. The other name floated for the 2024 Republican nomination is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who easily won reelection on Tuesday. Trump has already lashed out at DeSantis– calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious” at a rally last week, bragging about getting more votes in Florida in 2020 than DeSantis in 2022.
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