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Republican Lawmakers Push Back Against Trump '24 Campaign

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It is awfully likely that Donald Trump will be announcing his bid for the presidency in the coming weeks, having heeded the warnings of the Republican Party about waiting until the 2022 midterm elections were over on account of what sort of ammunition such a proclamation could give to Democratic candidates in tight races.

Behind the scenes, however, it appears as though some former Beltway Republicans are having second thoughts.

Former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and former Vice President Mike Pence in recent days each indicated they’d rather see someone else on the ballot in the next presidential election.

Some of the most outspoken figures — like Ryan, Bush and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) — are no longer standard-bearers in the party, which has been taken over by Trump. But they still carry large megaphones, and their concerns about another Trump candidacy, combined with polls showing many voters are ready to move on, illustrate how Trump’s viability as a candidate could shape how the 2024 primary field comes into focus.

Ryan’s comments were particularly strong.

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Ryan, who retired from the House in 2019 after numerous public squabbles with Trump, argued earlier this month that the former president could cost Republicans the White House if he’s on the ballot in two years.

“I think Trump’s unelectability will be palpable by then,” Ryan said. “We all know he will lose. Or let me put it this way: We all know he’s much more likely to lose the White House than anybody else running for president on our side of the aisle. So why would we want to go with that?”

And that wasn’t all:

Joe O’Dea, the GOP Senate candidate in Colorado, has found traction with voters in what has been an increasingly blue state in part by distancing himself from Trump. He, too, argued earlier this month that Trump should not be on the ballot in 2024.

“I don’t think Donald Trump should run again,” O’Dea said on CNN. “I’m going to actively campaign against Donald Trump and make sure that we have got four or five really great Republicans right now. Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, they could run and serve for eight years.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wasn’t willing to completely condemn the idea of a Trump 2024 campaign, but did suggest that he expects to see a “crowded field” in the primaries.

Trump is still the singular most influential in GOP politics, however, and it would be rather surprising to see him come out of the primaries anywhere but on top.

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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.