Republican donors have taken a hard line against Trump as they have warned elected officials not to support the former president.
Some of the party’s leading donors are also staying on the sidelines, unprepared to coalesce around a single challenger — which many believe could ultimately be the primary strategy for defeating Trump — but also not expect Trump to clear the Fields, according to who is connected to the contributor.
A Republican operative with ties to the donor said many are preventing some Republican elected officials from immediately supporting Trump because they made it clear that it could cost them financially any future bids for higher office or leadership positions support.
There is a huge difference between watching and acting and dying. It sounds like donors are warning elected officials that their political careers could be over if they support Trump.
Top Republicans have also shied away from Trump’s statement. It’s hard to imagine Republicans snubbing Trump if he sparks a red wave in the midterms.
Republicans can’t pretend Trump doesn’t exist and want him gone.
All of these posturing won’t matter if the Republicans can’t wrest the base from Trump, who will be the 2024 candidate.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a congressional correspondent for the White House Press Fellowship and PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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