Trump's growing GOP challengers revive fears of 2016 repeat

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Some donors and Republican Party officials worry that the GOP’s growing 2024 class may be re-creating the primary landscape of 2016, when a crowded Republican field splintered the electorate and gave Donald Trump an easier path to the nomination.

In the earliest days of the 2024 season, the 2016 parallels are eerie.

“In times like these, there is no substitute for victory,” DeSantis said, citing over and over his overwhelming midterm success in Florida. “We’ve got a lot more to do, and I have only begun to fight.”And in a series of interviews, several other would-be Republican candidates and their aides indicated they would likely wait until next spring or summer to enter the race should they decide to run. That’s even after Trump formally launched his 2024 campaign this past week.

“A lot of those people are fishing out of the Trump pond,” Christie said, suggesting that prospects such as DeSantis and Mike Pompeo are “MAGA guys” who would steal support from Trump’s base in a way that creates opportunities for others — like him.“We should all rally behind someone? Okay, who? I don’t think there’s any obvious choice,” Christie said.

“They are feeding exactly the kind of environment that Trump needs to win,” Horn warned. “If past is prologue, we’ve all got reason to be concerned.”

 

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GOP needs better candidates.

I agree. I'm a diehard won't vote for Trump again.

But the republicans just failed in 2022. These are seeds of ABT, being planted. Let us see if they will grow.

Ron DeSantis has really toned it down since the hurricane. Most likely the winner coming out of the primaries. MAGA is not the path to victory any longer.

It won’t matter WHO they’ll have! By 2024 Amer will be so fed up with their extreme MAGA hateful ways EVERYONE will turn BLUE, bc of their belief that EVERYONE has a RIGHT to LIVE WITHOUT HATRED!The GEN Z will take over! Guess that’s why R want to raise the voting age to 21

it's better all the time...

The only 'easy path' Trump should be on is to Federal prison!

Well, they know it worked, so...

Let the voters decide right?

No fear here!! Stop with your lying propaganda!

Let them worry all they want. The voters not the DC Rinos will decide.

And we’re all here to watch those fools.

Fears?

It’s going to be a shit show. Cannot wait.

None of them are honorable people. Larry Hogan maybe, but come on, is this really what republicans are gonna offer up? A twice-impeached traitor, Chris Christie, skinny Christo-fascist Mike, the other Christo-fascist Mike, bootlicker Nikki, Podcaster rafael from Canada?

You are worried about a Haley/Desantis ticket arent you DNC News outlet?

Trump did not win the 2016 primaries as a default candidate. Republican voters heard the xenophobic and anti-trade speech and agreed. Nothing says that they changed their mind.

She’s banged more white guys than Tulsi and AOC combined.

Until Trumpism is exterminated, I will continue voting D. 😎🍿

GOP won in 2016 though? Diversity is key

Yep. Trump benefits from a larger pool as his base will make up the difference of a large split ticket. Indict the motherfucker.

Exactly... with so many egos in politics, that is certain to happen.

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