While Trump remains hugely popular among his grassroots, he has come under fire in recent days after many of his handpicked candidates were defeated or struggled in otherwise winnable races, sparking anger at the quality of the candidate and the culture of extremism among his supporters. “Make America Great Again” wing.
The former president is still expected to announce his 2024 plans on Tuesday evening at his Mar-a-Lago estate, despite some of his closest former advisers and aides begging him to wait and see for fear that his launch could defeat the Republican nominee. Herschel Walker in the second round of the Senate in Georgia.
Others are also openly speaking out against the former president — including blaming him directly for the party’s woes — or see the interim results as a rallying cry for regeneration.
Like DeSantis, Youngkin is seen as a rising star within the party and was in high demand throughout the campaign to find candidates in key places on the battlefield.
The Virginia governor said he hadn’t seen the post, but added that berating people “isn’t the way I roll, and that’s not the way I behave.”
His deputy, Winsome Earle-Sears, who previously supported Trump, previously described him as a “liability” and said she could not support him if he had another shot at the White House.
“A true leader understands it’s time to step off the podium. And the voters have given us that very clear message,” she told Fox Business.
Former Republican Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie also weighed in: “We lost in ’18. We lost in ’20. We lost in ’21 in Georgia. And now in ’22 we’re just going to lose to governors, we’re not going to get the number of seats in the House we thought, and maybe we won’t win the Senate despite a president who has 40 percent of the vote. job approval.
“There’s only one person who can be blamed for that, and that’s Donald Trump,” he said AP.
Meanwhile, in Michigan, where businesswoman Tudor Dixon lost in the governor’s race to incumbent Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, a scathing internal memo suggested that candidates with close ties to Trump had turned down major donors.
“As a party, we have consistently found ourselves in the power struggle between Trump and the party’s anti-Trump factions, mostly within the donor class,” wrote Chief of Staff Paul Cordes.
Dixon posted the full memo on Twitter as she fired back and blamed the state party leaders.
“It’s easy to come out now and point the finger, but the truth is they fought me every step of the way and jeopardized the whole ticket,” she said.