The Republican Party has seen a split following the announcement of former President Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential run and poor interim results.
If Republicans are to have a shot at the White House in 2024, the party must move away from Trump’s growing unpopular political ideology.
On November 8, the midterm elections undermined expectations of a red wave nationwide, with Republicans barely winning the House. To have the majority, one party must meet or exceed the threshold of 218 members. Republicans barely won the majority, taking just 219 seats on November 19.
A majority of Trump-backed candidates lost their elections, as seen in states like Pennsylvania, where Republican Mehmet Oz lost to Democrat John Fetterman. The Pennsylvania senate race was closely watched and seen as a key decision-maker in whether or not to flip the senate.
A major factor causing this was Trump choosing candidates who propagated dangerous ideologies and far-right extremism.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis won reelection by a historic 20-point lead, according to a Nov. 9 report. Politics article. As a popular Republican nominee, it makes sense that DeSantis would most likely run for president in 2024. However, his biggest challenge lies within his own party – Trump.
On November 10, Trump claimed on his platform Truth social that he had intervened to prevent Florida counties from counting more votes to help DeSantis win in 2018.
“I also fixed his campaign, which had completely fallen apart. I went all in for Ron… I sent in the FBI and the US attorneys, and the ballot theft ended immediately, just before they ran out of votes needed to win. I prevented his election from being stolen, Trump Posted.
Such claims are not only dangerous, but they show a rift beginning within the Republican Party with two prominent members clashing ahead of the 2024 election year. The former president’s allegations of election interference have been deemed false by him Fact check organization on November 11, with no evidence to support such insane claims.
Trump not only started throwing stones, but announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election lackluster speech on November 15, showing that he will not step down as head boy of the Republican Party and is willing to run against DeSantis.
This will not only tear the party apart, but will also allow Democrats to win a majority with red voters split between two candidates. Either way, Trump has begun to fragment the Republican Party because of his arrogance and overfed ego.
Trump’s far-right extremism has left a stain on what was the post-2020 two-party system, best seen on January 6, 2021, where he pushed his followers to overturn the election results over alleged voter fraud. Trump’s unsupported but popular claim is being used ironically by his own lapdogs, such as Arizona candidate Kari Lake, who lost her election to Governor Katie Hobbs according to a Nov. 14 AP newscast. article.
While DeSantis has not announced his 2024 candidacy, he must appeal to more than just his own party’s base and adapt to the changes instead.