Only one Republican senator, Tommy Tuberville, has publicly said that he will support former President Donald Trump’s candidacy for the White House (2017-2021), while other congressmen today look skeptically at his chances of winning the 2024 elections.
This was highlighted by The Hill newspaper, in what it considers a sign of the arduous battle that the New Yorker will have in his attempt to win the conservative presidential nomination.RELATED
In recent days, Tuberville told the press that he will support Trump and praised his career at the Executive Mansion, although it included two political trials in less than two years and now the magnate is the focus of two Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations. .
The vast majority of the Republican Party (GOP) in the Upper House remains neutral for now and apparently even doubts the former president’s ability to beat Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the primaries, although he remains unconfirmed if he will opt for the presidency, highlights the newspaper.
The outlet draws attention to the fact that even incumbent Lindsey Graham, perhaps Trump’s closest ally in the Senate, avoided endorsing the candidacy, but did praise the former president’s campaign opening speech on November 15, and considers that it will be “hard to beat”.
Red rankers may also be waiting to see if the Republican receives a criminal indictment from the DOJ, which is looking into his attempts to stay in power after losing the 2020 election and alleged criminal handling of government records. Government stored in his Mar-a-Lago mansion.
According to Senator Mitt Romney, almost all the Republicans in that legislative body were against Trump announcing his presidential campaign, fearing that it would imply a great distraction before the second round of the elections in Georgia to define the last seat in the House. Registration in dispute after the intermediate elections on November 8.
“I think we are going to study the other people who may present themselves,” said the congressman.
However, by GOP senators’ estimates, Trump is still a formidable political force, with supporters in between 30 and 40 percent of Republican voters.
In the view of analysts, bringing charges against a former ruler would be an unprecedented move for the DOJ, which is likely to want to start a prosecution before the 2024 election cycle.
The media emphasize that there is already sufficient evidence for the accusation and among the crimes that he could have committed are the request to commit electoral fraud, violations of the RICO laws (with penalties against extortion), espionage and obstruction of justice.
For his part, Trump denies any wrongdoing, suggested that the appointment of a special counsel to the DOJ’s investigations into him was politically motivated and called on GOP members to “stand up and fight back.”
Some experts see Trump’s early announcement to run for re-election as a failed attempt to avoid possible impeachment.
(Taken from Prensa Latina)