Republicans on Capitol Hill are moving away from supporting former President Donald Trump who for years has been the de facto leader of the GOP. The former President announced on Tuesday that he was launching another presidential campaign for 2024.
A number of his allies and supporters have already proceeded to endorse him while there are many others in the GOP that have expressed their openness to having another candidate join. Many are also saying that it is too early for them to endorse anyone for the presidential election.
However, the question regarding the 2024 election extends far beyond Trump as in reality it is a question about the direction that the GOP would be heading in. Many in the GOP have also expressed their disappointment to have seen many of the Trump-backed candidates fail to win the Senate and House seats they were competing for.
Some Republicans have also expressed concern that Trump’s announcement is going to hurt the Senate race in Georgia, which is heading to a runoff election. On Dec. 6 people in Georgia will have to vote between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and Republican Herschel Walker.
Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), noted that he thought the timing for Trump’s announcement was off and “a bit inappropriate”, especially as there had been many races that had not yet been called.
Seeing the midterm election results, many are also anticipating that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), will also announce his candidacy for the 2024 race.