Some high-profile Republicans and onetime allies of former president Donald Trump have revealed their true colors after he announced his 2024 run last week.
Several prominent party figures have now distanced themselves from the former president.
Some called Trump out by name, accusing him of a lackluster performance in the midterms, while others urged voters to look at other possible candidates.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said, “[Trump’s] not going to have the financial support he had any more; he’s not going to have the internal support that he had before.”
“Therefore, there’s opportunity there. That political weakness is blood in the water for some folks,” Sununu added.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced she was considering a presidential run in a “serious way.”
“A lot of people have asked if I’m gonna run for president. Now that the midterms are over, I’ll look at it in a serious way, and I’ll have more to say soon,” she said, despite previously saying she would not run if Trump ran.
“For now, I’ll say this. I’ve won tough primaries and tough general elections. I’ve been the underdog every single time. When people underestimate me, it’s always fun. But I’ve never lost an election. And I’m not gonna start now.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence
Former Vice President Mike Pence reacted to Trump’s announcement about his 2024 bid for a second term, saying there will be “better choices.”
“Well, I just — I honestly believe that we’re going to have better choices, Bret,” Pence responded.
“I think Donald Trump was the only candidate in 2016 who could have defeated Hillary Clinton. I saw that firsthand. And then, after he won that Indiana primary, I never doubted that he was going to win. And I chronicle that in my book,” he added.
Cynthia Lummis, a Republican senator from Wyoming, told Politico this week. “The question is: who is the current leader of the Republican party? Oh, I know who it is: Ron DeSantis.”
“Ron DeSantis is the leader of the Republican party, whether he wants to be or not,” she said.
David McIntosh, president of Club for Growth Action
“Republicans need to be united behind a strong candidate and a platform that shows voters real solutions to beat Biden and the Democrats in 2024,” said McIntosh.
“Our polling shows that Republican primary voters recognize Trump’s insults against Republicans as hollow and counterproductive, and it’s taking a significant toll on his support.”
“His ego is so badly bruised from what he knows is true — he knows he lost to Joe Biden. He doesn’t believe the stuff that he’s saying. He knows he lost to him. And his ego has not been able to withstand it,” Chris Christie told the Washington Examiner.
“A lot of his conduct since Election Day 2020 has been a product of that inability to deal with the reality of having lost. I really don’t think that the American people want a president who sees himself as a victim.”
Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is being pitted as Trump’s rival by the media, teased a 2024 bid saying he’s “only begun to fight.”
“I can tell you this: We’ve got a lot more to do,” he said over the weekend.
Several of Trump’s most loyal supporters have since endorsed the former president as the GOP nominee, while others have remained silent.