A crowd of Republican Party members gathered from Donald Trump’s potential rivals, focusing on the party’s fears of a possible split in the upcoming presidential elections, especially after the former president announced his intention to run for the 2024 election participate.
These potential rivals include Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor Ted Cruz and former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
moment of weakness
The New York Times says it appears to show a moment of deep weakness for Trump.
Pompeo further distanced himself from his old boss, saying that “character and fame will not be enough.”
Pompeo said governors deserve leaders who “fight for them, not for us or our own egos.”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a longtime Trump critic, welcomed other Republicans who now call Trump a “loser” in the election, while Sen. Ted Cruz dropped by a ballroom, took selfies and lingered to shake hands with donors and activists for a Lang, apparently a statement of future intentions.
The newspaper says there are about 10 potential Republican presidential candidates whose strategies and messages emerged days after the former president announced his 2024 candidacy.
The Associated Press said most of the speeches had an unusual sense of defiance rarely seen since Trump took control of the Republican Party six years ago.
Nikki Haley, a former ambassador to the United Nations under Trump, vowed in April that she would not challenge the former president if he were to run again.
But Saturday night, in front of hundreds of cheering Republicans, she vowed to do “1,000%” to try for the White House if she decides to enter.
“I’ve never lost an election, and I’m not going to start losing now,” she said.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, one of the most likely candidates, received a heated reception for his speech in which he said his success in Florida could be a national formula for Republicans.
The annual weekend meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition — a group whose leaders include some of the party’s biggest and most trusted contributors — came at a profound moment of weakness for Trump, in the wake of disappointing Republican midterm elections that many on the former president blamed. .
Divide them and beat them
However, the plethora of potential Trump opponents has caused some Republicans to worry that a crack in the Republican Party could pave the way for Trump to win the nomination because of his grip on a small part of the party’s base , according to the newspaper.
The New York Times says Trump won the party’s nomination in 2016 in part because the rest of the party’s base was divided among his opponents.
That year, the large number of candidates split the electorate in the primaries and allowed Trump to become the party’s nominee for president, even though they won only 35% or less of the vote in each of the first three primary contests.
In recent months, she says, Trump’s 2024 advisers have talked about the possibility of “divide and rule” again.
The newspaper quoted New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu as saying the split was a “concern,” but he promised to help monitor his party’s primaries by pressuring weaker candidates to resign.
He added: “Everyone knows we don’t want a repeat of ’16. Put your ego aside, compete hard, but if you don’t succeed, quit.”
Eric Levine, a New York donor who attended the weekend meeting, called on his party to embrace no more than two or three candidates — and to act with real urgency.
In a series of interviews, several other potential Republican candidates and their aides indicated they would likely wait until next spring or summer to enter the race if they decide to run. This is even after Trump officially launched his 2024 campaign last week.
GOP leaders face opposition. After poor midterm performances, Representative Kevin McCarthy and Senator Mitch McConnell have faced threats to their power from emboldened right-wing lawmakers, raising the question of how divisions within the party could make the GOP-controlled House an unmanageable mess?
And Trump is so far the only declared major candidate for 2024.
Trump received a standing ovation when he appeared on a conference call on Saturday. The crowd cheered loudly when he referred to his success in moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
But there was a notable silence as he repeated his baseless claims about losing the 2020 election.
“The elections were rigged. It was very bad, and Israel lost a lot,” he added, adding: “You better hope that a certain person wins the election in 2024.”
Trump also indirectly blamed the Supreme Court’s overturning of the abortion order, a ruling that three of his self-appointed justices alluded to.
“It was a difficult issue and it activated the other side,” Trump said.
Other Republicans who have criticized Trump for the party’s poor performance in the House, Senate and gubernatorial races — some directly, others implicitly — have also been well received by the public.
Another potential Republican nominee, who is known nationally, is Mike Pence, the former vice president who has just published a book and is beginning to move away from the loyal lieutenant attitude he had toward Trump, particularly over his actions around the Capitol on January 6, 2021. riot.
Pence gave a spirited speech Friday detailing the accomplishments of what he called the “Trump-Pence” administration.
In his speech, he mentioned Trump only once and drew few important distinctions with the president he served, but he did his best to praise Trump for moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. “All credit goes to the man who made the decision,” Pence said.
The speech surprised those who expected the former vice president to take the opportunity to identify himself separately from Trump.