After the worse-than-expected GOP results in the 2022 midterm election, Republican operatives are concerned that former President Trump is going on a “rampage” that could fracture the party, according to a report.
Trump ‘Lashing Out’ at Anybody
Trump already fired volleys at his likely most formidable opponent in the race for the 2024 presidential nomination. He has also demanded that the 2022 midterm election in Arizona be held anew, due to voter fraud suspicions.
The former GOP president is deemed particularly vulnerable at the moment because most of the candidates he endorsed for the midterms lost their election contests.
Trump already started “lashing out at aides” not only in private, but also publicly, The Washington Examiner writes in a report, emphasizing that POTUS 45 is going after “anyone” he may consider “a rival.”
According to a Republican source cited in the report, this already caused some Trump allies to start avoiding Trump’s Mar-a-Lago social events. “It’s super messy,” the source said, claiming the former president is “losing it every five minutes.”
Apart from Ron DeSantis, whom he endorsed back in 2018, Trump also “lashed out publicly” at conservative billionaire and Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch and his media empire.
Among other things, Trump even alleged that in 2018, he sent the FBI and US attorneys to prevent ballot theft in Florida, which would have seen both Ron DeSantis and Senator Rick Scott lose the election.
On Friday, Trump also blasted Virginia’s Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin, who is considered a potential bidder for the 2024 GOP nomination.
Trump announcement looms over Georgia Senate runoff as GOP fractures https://t.co/0uuk1hJs6p
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 13, 2022
I am not going to engage in the "Trump vs DeSantis" fight conservatives are having. I am a big supporter of both men. And I urge you to not engage in this. This is what Democrats want. And unlike the Democrats, we are blessed to have TWO great fighters on the side of freedom.
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) November 11, 2022
NEW: Trump goes postal on DeSantis 👇 pic.twitter.com/WoXM0AEY2S
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) November 10, 2022
Trump Announcement Could Ruin Herschel Walker’s Chances in Georgia
To make matters worse for the Republican Party, according to the Examiner report, Trump is likely to announce he is running for president again on November 15. He already said a “big announcement” could be expected.
Yet, the 2022 midterms are far from over. The fate of Georgia’s Senate seat is to be decided in a runoff on December 6. Neither Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock nor Trump ally and GOP challenger Herschel Walker got more than 50% of the vote in Tuesday’s election.
Republican strategists and operatives are now worried that Trump’s likely presidential candidacy announcement would “probably destroy” Herschel Walker’s “chances in Georgia,” according to an unnamed former GOP White House official.
Other Republican figures noted Trump remained “unmoved by guidance” that called upon him to delay his announcement until the 2022 midterm results could be finalized.
Another GOP operative cited in the report said the former president was “his own man” who would do as he pleased, especially in the present moment when he believed “everyone’s out to get him.”
At the same time, however, Washington Examiner pointed out not all of Trump’s aides would like to see him “cool his heels.” It quoted another source as saying “at least one” of his advisers would like POTUS 45 “to stay the course.”
That position has been “bolstered” by some of Trump’s allies in Congress such as Reps. Elise Stefanik of New York, Jim Banks of Indiana, and Matt Gaetz of Florida.
Trump blasted across media spectrum over Republicans' midterms performance: 'Biggest loser tonight' https://t.co/jWOefvZetW
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 9, 2022
New poll finds Ron DeSantis has 7-point edge over Trump in 2024 presidential primary https://t.co/bdfQcqPTIM pic.twitter.com/BVFeEVEaEy
— New York Post (@nypost) November 12, 2022