As usual, the total war that the Democrats, the media, the establishment and the Deep State are running against Donald Trump has backfired. What they don’t seem to realize is that the national populism that Trump has spearheaded is here to stay – whether they get rid of him or not.
Even if they do manage to take him out, it will only make the American people angrier, and we will then elect someone who they will really have nightmares about.
Some of their plans to “get Trump” are already falling apart, as we’ve seen over the past few days.
The McConnell/GOP establishment’s plan to get rid of Trump was to throw as many candidates as possible in 2024 to try to wear him down. Look at the list of candidates that the media has willingly promoted in order to try to convince the rubes that Trump is a has-been:
Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, John Bolton, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Asa Hutchinson have all declared. Mike Pence, Greg Abbott, Chris Christie, Kristi Noem, Chris Sununu, Ted Cruz, Glenn Youngkin, Larry Hogan, Mike Pompeo, and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez have all been floated as possibilities.
Vivek Ramaswamy is an interesting candidate, and a bit of a dark horse, but honestly has no chance of winning. Word is, he’s angling for the position of Treasury Secretary in the next Trump administration. Nikki Haley is hoping that the eventual winner will pick her as VP, because she knows her base of support outside South Carolina is nonexistent.
While the GOP and the RNC were planning to throw all those candidates at the board, they’ve been quietly dumping money into the PAC supporting Ron DeSantis, who will probably be the last candidate to declare.
Unfortunately for them, some of the guys on the list have realized that it’s probably a better idea to not commit political suicide, and it will go better for them if they keep doing their current jobs or go hit the speech-and-a-blue-plate-special circuit.
Larry Hogan dropped out a couple of weeks ago. Following the polling and fundraising boost that Trump got after his fake arrest in Manhattan, Mike Pompeo dropped out over the weekend. So did Glenn Youngkin.
Looking at the rest of the potential players, my guess is that Sununu will definitely run. He’ll be the Carly Fiorina of the 2024 cycle. Chris Christie will jump in at some point, since he’s still butt-hurt about Trump not picking him as his VP. Texas Governor Greg Abbott isn’t strong enough to jump in, but it’s hard to say whether he knows that. Tucker Carlson has been hammering Abbott for the last two years because he won’t use the Texas National Guard troops to seal off the border, which Abbott has the authority to do.
Ted Cruz won’t run. He’s still limping along after his 2016 self-immolation at the RNC convention, when he didn’t endorse Donald Trump during his speech. Kristi Noem wouldn’t be a terrible candidate, but the way that she backed down to the NCAA over the trans issue hurt her badly.
Prediction: Miami Mayor Suarez will jump in the race, but only to raise his political stature for 2028 or some other future election. He’s only 45, so he’s got a lot of gas left in the tank if he wants to make a real run in the future. Running in 2024 will at least get his name out there as someone on the GOP’s bench. Plus, he’s done a good job cutting crime and spurring growth in Miami.
And what about Ron DeSantis? Your guess is as good as mine at this point. Maybe he’ll run, maybe he won’t. He’s got the entire Mitch McConnell/Mitt Romney wing of the party throwing stacks of cash at him and whispering sweet nothings in his ear. Will he take the bait? To their credit, Glenn Youngkin and Mike Pompeo saw the writing on the wall.
Trump is now anywhere from 12 to 30 points ahead of DeSantis in every poll. Trump has also pulled in $34 million in fundraising during the first quarter of this year and got a big surge after the indictment on fake charges. The next few week should be extremely interesting as we learn who else takes the bait, and who is smart enough to sit this one out.