December 9, 2022

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Is Trump defeated? “It’s complicated,” says his biggest supporter

Et was only a time. After the midterm elections, there are signs of a power struggle in the Republican Party — for example the question of who will be the most powerful leader in Congress and the presidential candidate in 2024. Donald Trump issued a warning to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. He secured his office on Tuesday with a remarkable 59 percent.

“I don’t know if he runs. If he does, I think he could hurt himself a lot,” Trump said, referring to DeSantis and the 2024 presidential election. Interview with Fox News Digital He was taken on Trump’s plane Monday evening but was not released until after the election. Trump, 76, said publicly on Monday that he would make a “very big announcement” in the coming week. This was considered a reference to his candidacy for the presidency.

DeSantis, 44, has now told Trump he would be “wrong” to target the White House: the party base won’t like it and “I don’t think it’s good for the party”. Trump threatened, “I’ll tell you some very unflattering things about him.”

Ron DeSantis with his wife Casey on election night

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The relationship between Trump and DeSantis is thought to be strained. Over the weekend, shortly before the election, Trump nicknamed DeSantis “Ron the Hypocrite.” Now he projected the election victory of his party friend. He, Trump, won more votes in Florida in 2020 than DeSantis does now. It is formally correct. Yet presidential elections have higher turnout than midterm elections. On a percentage basis, Trump has a three-point lead over Joe Biden in 2020, while DeSantis has a 19-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist.

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Donald Trump at the CPAC conference

Annoying for Trump: In his native New York headline in the conservative New York Post On their front page Wednesday, a nod to DeSantis: “DeFuture.” Toxic Trump, “Toxic Trump” was the slogan here on Thursday. One editorial was headlined, “How Donald Trump Sabotaged the Republican Midterm Elections.” It said the election result “represents perhaps the greatest opposition to Trump in modern American history.”

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DeSantis is credited for doing well with Latinos. In the largest, Latino-majority Miami-Dade County, DeSantis won 55 percent — the first Republican win here in 20 years. CNN reports that those around DeSantis expect a presidential bid regardless of Trump’s decision.

Trump’s nominees failed

Key Trump-supporting Republicans, including Pennsylvania Senate and gubernatorial candidates Mehmet Oz and Doug Mastriano, lost on Tuesday. “Oz worked very hard, but the forces were against him,” Trump said. In addition to the right-wing Mastriano, Trump-backed Republican Tudor Dixon, who wanted to replace Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, also lost. Many Trumpians won in solidly Republican constituencies.

The right-wing Fox News broadcaster discussed why there isn’t a “red tide” on Wednesday evening. Red is the color of Republicans. An unpopular president, inflation, an “open border” and the “danger of nuclear war” – all this should result in a “tremendous Republican victory,” said moderator Tucker Carlson: “Joe Biden was not punished. What happened?” Carlson asked if that had anything to do with Trump. The answer to this question is “complicated”.

Biden spoke by phone Wednesday night with House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He wants to replace Democrat Nancy Pelosi as the new Speaker of the House. McCarthy, like his Senate colleague Mitch McConnell, has made few appearances since the election. They abstained from regular press conferences.

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Joe Biden

McCarthy spoke with the right-wing extremist for 45 minutes on Wednesday Conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Green, CNN reported. He defended his mandate in rural Georgia. A Trumpian icon can gain influence. About two dozen MPs from the right-wing “Freedom Caucus” did not want to back their party colleague McCarthy as speaker. Obviously they want something in return. It could be a pledge to start impeachment proceedings against President Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Many Republicans want a panel dealing with the Biden family, particularly son Hunter and his questionable businesses.

A new House of Representatives will be formed in early January 2023 and elect its Speaker. 218 votes are required for an absolute majority in the assembly elections of 435 MPs. On Thursday, the majority in the house was still undecided. A majority of Republicans pointed out.

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