A slew of establishment Republicans blasted Donald Trump’s decision to run again for the presidency in 2024, saying his “crazy” MAGA agenda will cost them the White House.
Leaders and donors appeared to turn on the former president, who announced his long-awaited reelection bid in a speech last night at his Mar-a-Lago home.
Governors, representatives, and even former Vice President Mike Pence said it was “time for a change’ and there were “better choices” for the party.
Former Trump aide, Mick Mulvaney, was asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper if Trump’s decision to run was good for the party.
“No, I don’t,” Mulvaney said. “Because I think he’s the only Republican who could lose.”
“If he wins in 2024, now he’s the candidate, he is the likely Republican nominee. Can he be beaten head-to-head by Ron DeSantis or Tim Scott? Sure,” he added.
“But it’s not going to be a head-to-head race. There will be five or six other people in the race, and he’ll get the 35 percent that really support him and under the winner-take-all primary system, he’ll be the nominee,” Mulvaney added.
Meanwhile, Mike Pence said: “I think we’ll have better choices.”
The governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, chimed in, “Trump is correct on Biden’s failures, but his self-indulging message promoting anger has not changed. It didn’t work in 2022 and won’t work in 2024. There are better choices.”
Former Trump advisor and Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, said voters had clearly “rejected crazy” at the ballot box multiple times.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu also turned on the “crazy MAGA agenda”: “He’s doing it from a place of defensiveness, of his own self-opportunity and weakness. So he’s announcing he’s going to run for president at a low point in his political career. I don’t know how that’s going to work out, man.”
Top Republican donor and technology entrepreneur from Florida, Ricky Caplin, said: “I have tremendous respect for President Trump and the effectiveness of some of his policies and initiatives, but I think it’s time for a change for our party and country.”
During Trump’s announcement speech, he said: “In order to make America great and glorious again, I am today announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,’ he confirmed to huge cheers.
“America’s comeback starts right now,” Trump declared.
“Three years ago when I left office, the United States stood ready for its golden age. Our nation was at the pinnacle of power, prosperity and prestige – towering above all rivals vanquishing all enemies and striding into the future confident, resourceful,” Trump said.