Republicans have publicly lashed out at the midterm elections, even though former President Donald Trump is set to announce his candidacy for a third time next week at the White House. intensifying criticism.
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earl Sears, once a vocal supporter of Trump, said voters on Tuesday sent a “very clear message” that “enough is enough.”
“Voters have spoken and said they want another leader. A true leader understands when they are held accountable,” she said in an appearance on Fox Business. Leaders understand it’s time to get off the stage.It’s time to move on.”
Some advisers had asked Mr. Trump to postpone the planned announcement until after the Senate runoff vote in Georgia on December 6.
But according to a senior adviser who requested anonymity to discuss the plan, Trump has rejected that advice and intends to move forward with the announcement on Nov. 15.
So he’s about to launch a resurrection bid when he finds himself in a very vulnerable position after dominating the party since winning the nomination in 2016.
At the same time, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who easily won re-election on Tuesday, is attracting renewed attention as Republicans openly consider a move away from Trump.
Senator John Thune of South Dakota referred to Trump’s role in picking an inexperienced and controversial candidate who lost this week’s election in the primary earlier this year.
“There is no substitute for quality candidates,” Thune said in an interview.
Thune said he hoped the party would see the rise of younger leaders, adding, “You can’t have a party built around the personality of one person.”
Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania also blamed Trump’s intervention for the GOP’s defeat, saying Trump-backed candidates performed significantly worse on the ballot than other Republicans. It pointed out.
“I think my party needs to face the fact that if loyalty to Donald Trump is the primary criterion for choosing a candidate, it probably won’t work.
“Nationwide, there is a very high correlation between MAGA candidates and big losses, or at least dramatically underperforming.”
Mr Trump countered that he had a bad night.
“For the many people being fed false narratives from corrupt media that I am upset about the midterm elections, please don’t believe it,” he said on his social media networks. rice field.
“I’m not mad at all. I did a great job (I wasn’t running!). I’m so busy thinking about the future. Remember, I’m a ‘stable genius.’
The crushing victory the Republicans predicted didn’t materialize, but the party still appears well-positioned to overthrow the House and may eventually win the Senate as well. Too early to call.
Trump’s allies provided statements to the press on behalf of the former president and endorsed him ahead of the impending announcement.
“I am proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president in 2024. I fully support his re-election,” Republican House Speaker Elise Stefanik said in a statement.
“It’s time for Republicans to unite around America’s most popular Republicans with a track record of conservative governance.”
Ohio Senator J.D. Vance proved Trump’s most successful endorsement.
“Every year, the media writes a political obituary for Donald Trump. And each year, we are immediately reminded that Trump remains the most popular figure in the Republican Party,” Vance said. It said in a statement provided after contacting a spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump has escalated his public accusations against Mr DeSantis.
In a lengthy angry statement Thursday night, Trump accused Fox News and other Rupert Murdoch-controlled news outlets of “doing everything for Governor Ron DeSanctimonias DeSantis.” did. Because he reaffirmed his DeSantis victory in 2018.
Trump’s allies have previously claimed reports of male tensions have been exaggerated, but Trump has personally accused DeSantis of failing to rule out a possible run. , publicly said so.
“Well, it’s not really the right answer when it comes to loyalty and rank,” he wrote, comparing the race to his winning 2016 campaign.
“We’re in exactly the same position right now. They keep chasing us, MAGA, but in the end we win. Put America First, Make America Great Again!”