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The Great GOP Civil War, 2022 - ?
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November 12, 2022 11:47 am
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Arguably you could say it started in 2015.

Republican Leaders to Trump: 'It's time to step off the stage'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans intensified their public criticism of former President Donald Trump on Thursday, with some saying it was time for the party to move on after an unexpectedly poor showing in the midterm elections, even as he prepared to launch a third White House bid next week.

Virginia’s Republican lieutenant governor, Winsome Earle-Sears, once a vocal Trump supporter, said voters had sent “a very clear message” Tuesday that ”enough is enough.”

“The voters have spoken and they have said that they want a different leader. And a true leader understands when they have become a liability,” she said in an appearance on Fox Business. “A true leader understands that it’s time to step off the stage. It is time to move on.”

Earle-Sears, who served as co-chair of a group called Black Americans to Re-elect President Trump in 2020, also said she “just couldn’t” support another Trump campaign.

Some advisers had urged Trump to delay his planned announcement until after the Dec. 6 Senate runoff election in Georgia that could determine which party controls the Senate to avoid turning the race into a referendum on him and unintentionally helping Democrats. But Trump, rebuffing that advice, on Thursday invited reporters to a “Special Announcement” at his Mar-a-Lago club on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 9 p.m.

That leaves him trying to launch a comeback bid at a time when he finds himself in a position of extraordinary vulnerability after dominating the party, largely unchallenged, since he won the nomination in 2016. Still, Trump has proven remarkably resilient, retaining his base’s support, even through the “Access Hollywood” scandal that nearly sank his first campaign, and the deadly storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

At the same time, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who easily won reelection Tuesday, is gaining new attention as Republicans openly weigh moving on from Trump.

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, noted Trump’s role in lifting some inexperienced and controversial candidates during primaries earlier this year who went on to lose in this week’s elections.

In an interview, Thune said there’s “no substitute for good quality candidates.”

“We had some very contested, competitive primaries this year,”
said Thune.

“And in some cases, you know, there were lots of forces at work, including outside folks making endorsements in some of those races.”
Thune said he hoped the party would begin to see the emergence of younger leaders.

“You can’t have a party that’s built around one person’s personality,” he said.

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan, who clashed with Trump during his first two years in office, called Trump “a drag on our ticket” who would hurt the party’s chances in 2024.

“We want to win the White House and we know with Trump we’re so much more likely to lose,” he said in an interview with WISN 12 News. “If we have a nominee not named Trump, we’re so much more likely to win the White House than if our nominee is Trump.”

Retiring Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey also blamed Trump’s intervention for GOP losses in his state and noted Trump-endorsed candidates did notably worse than other Republicans on the ballot.

“I think my party needs to face the fact that if fealty to Donald Trump is the primary criteria for selecting candidates, we’re probably not gonna do really well,” he said on CNN. “All over the country there’s a very high correlation between MAGA candidates and big losses or at least dramatically underperforming.”

Trump has disputed that he had a bad night.

“For those many people that are being fed the fake narrative from the corrupt media that I am Angry about the Midterms, don’t believe it,” he said on his social media network. “I am not at all angry, did a great job (I wasn’t the one running!), and am very busy looking into the future. Remember, I am a ‘Stable Genius.’”


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  1. by Curt_Anderson on November 12, 2022 12:06 pm
    LOL! I pretty sure that no actual stable geniuses refer to themselves as being a stable genius. Although Trump did use quote marks which can indicate sarcasm.


  2. by HatetheSwamp on November 13, 2022 5:29 am

    Gang,

    By now, pb has PROVED that the GOP is the party of openness and inclusion and tolerance and diversity. It's the place people go to be free from the dominance of oppressive party leadership.

    The GOP has become the freedom zone in American politics. It's the home of Liz Cheney...as long as she stays. As long as she stays, she's welcome. It's the home of pandemic freedom fighters who stood for the Bill of Rights and fought shut downs and mandates during the pandemic. It's got a sizable Swamp with Mitch McConnell at that helm. It's got radical social conservatives. It's got free-market economic conservatives. And, as you love to hate, it's got its antiSwampers like pb and that Ultra-MAGA subset.

    That's precisely the freedom and diversity envisioned in the Declaration of Independence...and the Gettysburg Address.

    That you Blue MAGA Swampcultists mock and belittle it, says everything about you.


  3. by islander on November 13, 2022 7:54 am

    😀 Smiley thinks pb is hilarious when pb tells us how the Republican party lorded over by Trump is now the party that courts racists, misogynists, dishonest thugs, and authoritarian wannabe dictators...as if this is something we don’t already know! LoL !!!

    ”That you Blue MAGA Swampcultists mock and belittle it, says everything about you.”

    Well...Yes I would hope so !!! 


    😀 Smiley says, I'll drink to that !


  4. by HatetheSwamp on November 13, 2022 8:16 am

    I finally got it. Smiley chimes in when isle's faced with unavoidable, inconvenient truth. pb can't laugh at that.


  5. by islander on November 13, 2022 8:31 am

    "I finally got it. Smiley chimes in when isle's faced with unavoidable, inconvenient truth"

    Who wrote that that? Was it Hate or pb?

    😀 Smiley thinks pb is unduly influenced by Hate...Or maybe it's the other way around ? Hmmm...🤔



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