May 25, 2024

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Donald Trump drags down the Republican Party: 2016 scenario repeats itself

Donald Trump drags down the Republican Party: 2016 scenario repeats itself

Progress is not change, but the ability to remember. George Santayana argued that those who cannot remember the past tend to repeat it.

The famous philosopher’s words seem to have been put to paper for the 2023 Republican Party.

Too many candidates already

I still remember the amused reaction I got when Donald Trump stepped down the Trump Tower escalator to announce his candidacy for the 2016 election.

As for the show, I was right, but nothing prepared us for the fallout of an absolutely insane race to find 17 candidates!

The rest of the story, you know. Unbelievable, ill-advised, or overly proud of the fervor of hard-core Trump supporters, many candidates hung beyond reason, splitting the vote and allowing the future 45e President to accumulate victories during primaries.

Republicans and strategists know they want to avoid this scenario, and the number of nominations will increase by two this week. Last Friday, Senator Tim Scott formalized his participation and Ron DeSantis is expected to do the same in the coming days.

Along with these two new players should be added the names of Nikki Haley, Ryan Binkley, Larry Elder, Asa Hutchinson, Perry Johnson, Vivek Ramasamy and of course Trump.

With nine nominations already and well-known figures such as Greg Abbott, Chris Sununu, Glenn Youngin and Christy Nome in thought, Mike Pence is believed to be in the running. It is definitely too much.

Trump can’t win anymore

On Sunday, Sen. Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana, dared to say what most Republicans were thinking without publicly admitting it. Jake Tapper interviewed on the show Union State, He began: “I don’t think Trump can win the general election“.lost to former President Biden.

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Despite the loyalty of his base, Donald Trump can no longer destroy votes elsewhere in the electorate. Many voters are tired of the perpetual circus and don’t want to reward the record of serious or even very serious cases.

The primaries are still a few months away, but party strategists must act quickly to identify who to support over Trump.

The Republican establishment has no shortage of candidates who could unseat Biden. DeSantis, Haley, and especially Tim Scott can hurt the incumbent badly, but they must first avoid Donald Trump’s game.