Calls grow within GOP to dump Trump after midterm flop
There are increasing calls in the Republican Party and conservative media for a breakup with former President Donald Trump after the GOP’s overwhelming performance in the 2022 midterm elections.
“I think whenever you’re focused on the future, you can’t go so much into the past,” Mark Lawler, who defeated Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D.N.Y.), Democratic House campaign chairman, said. said on CNN on Thursday.
“I think moving in a different direction is a good thing, not a bad thing,” Lawler said after his surprise win. “But ultimately, look, the voters will decide what they want to do.”
Several high-profile Trump-backed candidates lost Tuesday, including Mehmet Oz and Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania and Don Bolduc in New Hampshire. Many are in danger of losing, including Blake Masters in Arizona and Adam Laxault in Nevada. Georgia’s Senate race is headed for a runoff, as no candidate secured a majority, but Trump-backed Herschelle Walker didn’t get nearly as many votes as Georgia GOP Gov.
Things are still very uncertain in the House. Many Trump-backed candidates lost and the GOP now sees the prospect of a much smaller majority. There is also a small chance for Democrats to retain control, a scenario once considered unimaginable. The much-hyped “red wave” prediction of a Democratic wipeout came crashing down as a wave.
The midterm flop has prompted another round of repetition and calls to dump Trump, something the GOP establishment has been unable to do since he first announced his candidacy for president in 2015. A similar conversation took place when he incited the crowd to march on America. For example, the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and Republican leaders quickly back in line after realizing that their supporters had not deserted them.
Doug Hay, a former communications director for the Republican National Committee, told HuffPost, “The hunger to leave Trump behind has grown, but Frank Sinatra sang, ‘I heard that song before.'” “What DC Republicans want to do and what they actually do are not always the same. And they will keep a close eye on where voters and members are.
The problem for established Republicans is that Trump is popular with a significant portion of his base, and removing him would require collective action. Some in the GOP are pinning their hopes on another savior like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, but it’s unclear whether he’s ready to challenge Trump. The former president is already attacking DeSantis and even threatened to blackmail,
So far, Lawler is the only Republican on the ballot in 2024 to have publicly called for change.
Retired Sen. Pat Tommy (R-Pa.) blamed Trump for his party’s performance in Tuesday’s elections and said the former president played a “disastrous role.” Toomey supported Oz in the race for the Pennsylvania Senate, but never backed Maastriano, an extremist election refusal for governor. Tommy also voted to oust Trump after the January 6 uprising.
Former GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan, who did little to oppose Trump while in office, also spoke out against the former president this week.
“I think Trump is kind of dragging on our ticket. I think Donald Trump gives us problems politically. We lost the House, the Senate, and the White House in two years when Trump was on the ballot, or in office. were in,” Ryan said. WISN-12, “I think we just have some Trump hangover. I think that’s a drag on our race, on our office.”
Conservative media is also targeting Trump. The Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post mocked DeSantis with a damning front page after projecting him as the future of the party.
Wall Street Journal Editorial Board called Trump is the GOP’s “biggest loser” in a brutal expulsion, saying he has “a perfect record of electoral defeat.”
Even some Trump-friendly Fox News hosts questioned the former president, questioning how much money he gave to those candidates like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as others in the GOP. Helped to give, why not give that much money.
“McConnell spent nearly $400 million on these Senate candidates … so some of these candidates are garbage or the money is not being spent well. But Trump sits on the chest of a giant war at Mar-a-Lago Where did that money go? We don’t know,” Fox News host Jesse Waters said in his prime time schedule on Wednesday nights.
Trump aides are trying to deflect blame, pointing to McConnell, who warned earlier this year that his party’s fate in the election would depend on “Candidate Quality.” McConnell-affiliated groups initially sought to elevate more traditional candidates in states such as New Hampshire and Arizona, but the likes of Trump ultimately won.
“If Mitch had spent in Arizona – instead of blackballing Blake” [Masters] And actually funneling money into Alaska to beat the GOP nominee—Blake would have easily won already. It was a deliberate choice.” Stephen Miller, a former Trump aide, tweeted.
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