Republican Party Facing Civil War?

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Republicans are currently fearing that the division caused by pro-Trump and anti-Trump forces is going to lead to a party split that will enable the Democrats to have an extremely successful election in 2024.

There are those in the GOP though who do not only fear that this infighting will lead to them losing the White House, but also potentially the House and Senate. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) last week noted that his “greatest fear” was that this situation would lead to a repetition of 1964 when the GOP was divided between Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller.

Gingrich told the New York Times that it is easy for him to imagine a “Trump-anti-Trump war over the next two years” which would effectively guarantee that Biden and the Democrats win everything.

However, not all top Republicans agree with this perspective. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has noted that while there is tension in the Republican party, there is also tension in the Democratic party. He also added that this is not an exceptional case and it is actually quite a common occurrence on both sides.

However, not everyone agreed with this Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel when asked about Trump’s impact on the 2022 midterm elections noted that currently, it was not the time to play the blame game, and instead, they needed to focus on analysing what went wrong in order to see how they can gain more support in future elections.