This year’s disappointing midterms results for Republicans have done significant damage to former President Trump. It wasn’t too long ago that Republicans viewed the Trump endorsement as a valuable asset to secure victory.
Though these days are long gone. Republicans whom Trump did not endorse this time around, such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, won their elections with ease.
On the other hand, Trump-endorsed candidates across the country, like Tudor Dixon, Blake Masters, Adam Laxalt, Kari Lake, etc., were defeated by Democrats.
On Tuesday, yet one more of Trump’s endorsees, this one being Georgia’s Herschel Walker, did not win his election. Because of Walker’s loss, Republicans will now only have 49 seats in the Senate.
As all this happens, Trump is skating on increasingly thin ice, according to Politico.
Rough Times For Trump
Going into 2024, Trump’s plan looked to be announcing his presidential run prematurely, along with coasting off the victories of various candidates he endorsed in the midterms.
Though the latter part of his plan didn’t work out so well. With so many of Trump’s handpicked candidates losing, there’s a growing perception that Trump and Trumpism are deeply unpopular among the national electorate.
Minutes after losing his Senate bid in Georgia, Herschel Walker tells reporters that he would not consider Trump for a running mate in 2024 because “he’s too dumb.” 👀
— Julius Kim (@Julius_Kim) December 7, 2022
Even Trump’s 2024 presidential candidacy declaration was largely ripped as uninspired and low energy. The former president’s choices to break bread with Holocaust deniers at Mar-a-Lago and endorse the “termination” of the Constitution definitely aren’t helping him either.
Former Trump campaign aide David Urban is even now warning that the writing is on the wall with this one. It is Urban’s view that one “unforced error” following the next has occurred since Trump announced his decision to run for office.
The former Trump campaign adviser likewise said those currently on the former president’s team would do well to “regroup” during the holiday period.
No Way Out?
Before Tuesday’s election results, some pundits speculated that if Walker were to win his Senate race in Georgia, this would vindicate Trump amid calls to move on from him.
Herschel Walker says “the intelligence” of Don Jr. and Ivanka Trump comes from him and “not from Donald.” pic.twitter.com/PvOMQEHlEY
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) December 2, 2022
Instead, Walker’s loss has only made the former president’s political standing even more precarious. At this rate, it’s unclear how (or if) Trump will be able to bounce back from polls turning against him, along with some Republicans tiring of him.
If things continue on as they have been, the stage may be very well set for DeSantis to not only declare his candidacy in the 2024 election, but also defeat Trump in the primary.
Do you believe Herschel Walker’s loss in Georgia did significant damage to Trump? Where do you think the former president’s influence over the Republican Party stands today?
You are more than welcome to sound off with your projections and theories below in the comments area.