Some advisers had asked the former president to defer announcing his candidacy until after the Georgia state runoff election, scheduled for on December 6, to avoid turning the race into a referendum on him and unintentionally helping Democrats
Republicans believe it is time to put Trump behind them. (REUTERS)
Republicans on Thursday stepped up their public criticism of former President Donald Trump, with some saying it was time the party turn the page after obtaining disappointing results in the midterm elections, even as Trump prepares to announce a third run for the presidency of the United States next week.
Virginia Republican Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears , once an outspoken Trump supporter, said voters had sent “a very clear message” on Tuesday that “enough is enough.”
“Voters have spoken and said they want a different leader. And a true leader understands when he has become a burden,” commented the Fox Business channel.. “A true leader understands that it's time to get off the stage. It's time to turn the page.”
Earle-Sears, who served as vice president of a group called Black Americans to Re-elect President Trump ( Black Americans for Trump's Reelection) in 2020, also said he could not endorse another Trump campaign.
Virginia's Republican Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears, once an outspoken Trump supporter, said voters had sent “a very strong message.” clear” on Tuesday that “enough is enough.”
Some advisers had asked Trump to delay announcing his candidacy until after the runoff election because of the seat in the Senate for the state of Georgia, scheduled for December 6 — which could determine which party controls the country's upper house — to avoid turning the race into a referendum on him and unintentionally helping Democrats. But the former president has rejected the recommendation and invited reporters to a “special announcement” on November 15 at 9 p.m. at his Mar-a-Lago club. .
That leaves Trump trying to launch a bid at a time when he finds himself in a position of great vulnerability having dominated the party, largely unopposed, since winning the nomination in 2016. Even so, Trump has shown remarkable resilience, retaining the support of his base, even during the “Access Hollywood scandal,” which came close to sinking his first campaign, and after the deadly assault on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021.
At the same time, the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, who easily won re-election on Tuesday, is getting new attention as Republicans publicly weigh leaving Trump behind.
Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, pointed to Trump's role in elevating some inexperienced and controversial candidates during this year's primaries, who then lost in this week's general election.
During an interview, Thune said that “there is no substitute for good quality candidates”.
Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, pointed to Trump's role in elevating some inexperienced and controversial candidates during this year's primaries, who then lost in this week's general election. (REUTERS)
“We had some very close and competitive primaries this year,” said Thune, who won his re-election handily. “And in some cases, you know, there were a lot of factors at play, including outsiders expressing support in some of those contests,” he added.
Thune said he hoped the game would start to notice the emergence of younger leaders.
“You cannot have a party that is built around a person's personality,” he pointed out.
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had differences with Trump during his first two years in office, called Trump “a liability” that would hurt the chances of the party in 2024.
“We want to win the White House and we know that with Trump we are more likely to lose,” he said during an interview with WISN 12 News. “If we have a candidate not named Trump, we have a much better chance of winning the White House than if our candidate is Trump.”
The Republican senator For Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey, nearing retirement, also said that Trump's intervention was to blame for the defeats suffered by the Republican Partyin his state, noting that Trump-backed candidates fared much worse than other Republicans on the ballot.
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan, who fell out with Trump during his first two years in office, called Trump “a drag” who would hurt the party's chances in 2024. (REUTERS)
“I think my party has to face the fact that if fidelity to Donald Trump is the main criterion for selecting candidates, it's probably not going to go very well for us,” he commented on CNN. . “Across the country there is a very high correlation between MAGA candidates and major defeats or at least spectacularly poor performance.”
Trump has disputed that had a bad night.
“For those many who are being fed the false narrative from the corrupt media that I am upset about the midterms, don't believe them,” he said on his social network. “I'm not upset at all, I did a great job (I wasn't a candidate!), and I'm very busy looking to the future. Remember, I'm a stable genius.”
There is still a chance that other Trump-endorsed candidates will win their races. Although the predicted landslide Republican victory did not materialize, the party remains well positioned to take control of the House of Representatives, and could take control of the Senate as well. In many contests it is too early to declare a winner.
“There is no such thing as an ugly win or a nice loss,” said Jason Miller, a former Trump campaign official who was among those who advised him to delay his announcement until after the Georgia runoff election. >
There is still a chance that other Trump-endorsed candidates will win their races. Although the predicted landslide Republican victory did not materialize, the party remains well positioned to take control of the House of Representatives. (REUTERS)
“The political career of Nancy Pelosi is over,” he predicted. “The Biden agenda is dead.”
Other Trump allies offered statements to the media on behalf of the former president, giving him their support before any ad.
“I am proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president in 2024. I fully support him running again,” said Elise Stefanik, Chairwoman of the House Republican Party, in a statement. “It's time for Republicans to close ranks with America's most popular Republican, who has a proven track record of conservative government.”
“If he runs in 2024, he won't just count with my support, but will have the support of millions of Americans across the country,” said the representativeJim Banks, a major ally in Congress.
Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance, who proved to be the most successful of Trump's endorsed candidates, said that if the former president decides to run again, he is confident that he will be the party's candidate.
“Every year, the media writes the obituary politician of Donald Trump. And every year we are reminded that Trump remains the most popular figure in the Republican Party,” Vance said in a statement released after contacting Trump's spokesman.
Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance, who has proven to be the most successful of Trump's endorsed candidates, said if the former president decides to run again, he is confident he will be the party's nominee. (REUTERS)
Trump's decision to go ahead with his campaign is driven, in part, by his desire to try to freeze the field and stop the DeSantis rise, whom he has long considered his main rival.
In a sign of frustration, Trump issued a lengthy statement Thursday night lashing out at Fox Newsand other Rupert Murdoch empire media outlets for “going all out for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious (Ron DeSanturrón) DeSantis,” whom he described as an “average Republican governor with great PR,” while reverting to take credit for DeSantis' 2018 victory.
Although Trump allies had insisted that reports of tensions between the men were exaggerated, Trump, who has privately criticized to DeSantis for not ruling himself out as a candidate against him, he has now done so publicly.
“Well, in terms of loyalty and class, that's not really the right answer,” he wrote, comparing the contend with his winning 2016 campaign. “We're in exactly the same position now. They will keep coming after us, MAGA, but in the end, we will win. Put America First, Let's Make America Great Again.”
(With information from the Associated Press)