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GOP on Trump '24: 'Excitement's Just Not There'

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The 2024 Republican Primary looks to be headed into bitter territory before it even really begins, and Donald Trump is unsurprisingly at the center of it all.

Trump is still likely the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party in 2024, largely on account of two things:  He has the MAGA Movement behind him, and he’s the only one to announce his candidacy so far.

But that doesn’t mean that the GOP is happy about it. In fact, it has appeared that many prominent Republicans are turning away from Trump ahead of the next electoral cycle, and this could send the primaries into an angst-ridden lurch.

Donald Trump’s lackluster campaign announcement was one thing. His real problem is fast becoming the collective shrug Republicans have given him in the week-plus since.

Far from freezing out potential competitors, Trump’s announcement was followed by a raft of potential 2024 contenders appearing at the Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Las Vegas over the weekend, where at least one Republican who had previously said she would defer to Trump if he ran — former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley — now said she is considering running in a “serious way.”

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A super PAC supporting Trump’s chief rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, plans to begin airing TV ads in Iowa on Friday. And even the news that Elon Musk was lifting Trump’s ban on Twitter wasn’t breaking through.

And the GOP isn’t afraid of putting their feelings on Trump out there.

“There’s a significant number of people out there who really are opposed to him, and I don’t think will change their minds over the course of the next two years,” said Tom Tancredo, a former Republican congressman and anti-illegal immigration crusader from Colorado who called Trump “one of the best presidents we’ve ever had.”

He added, “You can’t deny that that’s a problem for him … I’m worried about his electability, surely.”

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“It’s shocking, in the sense that I think he felt that he could scare everybody out of the field and become the presumptive nominee, and it just didn’t work,” said Saul Anuzis, a former chair of the Michigan Republican Party. “It’s not like 20 congressmen came on board. It’s not like 100 members of the RNC came on board.”

While calling Trump “still the guy to beat,” Anuzis said, “My perception was that there would be a larger enthusiasm for his candidacy from those who were supportive of him. Instead, it’s been more like a thud. … The excitement’s just not there.”

The tension comes at a difficult time for the Republican Party, as the vocal and powerful MAGA wing of the party continues to drive the GOP to the right and into Trump’s political lap, much to the dismay of the Republican “old guard”.

 

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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