Senate Republicans, including many of those who are Trump allies, have been arguing that former President Donald Trump needed to not get involved in the 2024 Senate primaries in the hope that they would be able to avoid the lackluster reports of the 2022 midterm elections from being repeated.
Trump is increasingly being viewed as more and more of a political liability, especially as his legal woes continue growing.
On Tuesday, the Manhattan district attorney charged Trump with 34 felony counts of falsifying business documents in order to conceal hush money payments made to two women ahead of the 2016 presidential election in exchange for staying silent about their alleged affairs with Trump. He is also currently in the middle of an investigation by the Fulton County district attorney which could lead to more charges being filed against him.
GOP lawmakers and strategists are worried that Trump might cause GOP candidates to focus on many of his issues, including the unfounded allegations of election fraud, and the calls to defund the Department of Justice instead of placing their attention on issues that are actually important to voters, including the economy, inflation, and health care.
There are also those who worry that an endorsement from Trump is now going to be more divisive and could potentially lead to them not being elected because of their focus on showing loyalty to Trump and his agenda.