When Donald Trump announced he was running for re-election pundits immediately ranked Trump as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.
But with Trump everyone’s learned to expect the unexpected.
And now Donald Trump has made a big announcement on his 2024 plans.
With Trump in the race and the GOP establishment desperate to rid the party of Trump and his supporters it is an open question as to how — or even if — the party can come together after what promises to be a very fractious primary.
Never Trump RINO Larry Hogan — who supports amnesty, abortion, gun control, and impeaching Donald Trump — posted on social media that he would not endorse Trump if Trump wins the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
“To be clear, my position on Trump hasn’t changed. Trump won’t commit to supporting the Republican nominee, and I won’t commit to supporting him,” Hogan posted on Twitter.
Trump appeared in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt where Hewitt asked Trump the same question he previously did Hogan — if Trump would commit to endorsing the eventual Republican nominee for president in the event Trump failed to win the primary.
“If you’re not the nominee, will you support whoever the GOP nominee is?” Hewitt wondered.
Trump gave the same answer he did during the first 2016 GOP presidential debate and said it would depend on what happened.
“It would depend,” Trump responded. “I would give you the same answer I gave in 2016 during the debate…It would have to depend on who the nominee was.”
At that debate the Fox News moderators asked the candidates if they would commit on the spot to backing the eventual nominee.
Trump was the only one of the 10 candidates on the stage that refused to raise their hand.
That moment helped cement Trump’s anti-establishment image and powered his push to the nomination.
Trump not endorsing the nominee is still Trump’s leverage over the GOP establishment.
A poll for the liberal website The Bulwark showed Trump retained control of a significant chunk of the GOP.
The poll found that 28 percent of the Republicans would back Trump as a third-party candidate in a three-way race with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Joe Biden.
“On a general election ballot test with DeSantis and Joe Biden, DeSantis would take 56 percent, Trump 28 percent, Biden 5 percent, with the remainder undecided or not voting. Voters who support Trump more than the GOP overwhelmingly stick with him as an independent candidate, with 69 percent supporting Trump and 24 percent supporting DeSantis. In this scenario, 2024 would be a replay of the 1912 Presidential election, with former Republican President Teddy Roosevelt running as the Bull Moose Party candidate against Republican nominee William Howard Taft and Democratic nominee Woodrow Wilson, splitting the Republican vote and ensuring that the Democrat Wilson would win the election,” The Bulwark’s polling memo read.
No politician has ever commanded more loyalty from their political base than Donald Trump.
That’s because Republican voters view Trump as a singular force who fought for their issues and values — even if the polls said it was unpopular — when weak and feckless establishment Republicans folded to Democrats.
And in the 2024 race the loyalty of his base is Trump’s greatest strength.
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