Republican Factionalism Grows Over Trump


Gabriel Davidson, Editor

Following Trump’s 2024 campaign announcement, many on the right lambasted Trump’s ‘low energy’ hour-long speech. Attending journalists, including ABC’s Jonathan Karl, reported attendees attempting to leave before the speech had ended, with Trump staff later blocking doors in an attempt to halt them. The GOP itself is already seeing pro-Trump and anti-Trump candidates and officials increasingly fighting over the direction of the party in the aftermath of the midterms, with 2 years to go before they need to offer a candidate for Commander-in-Chief.

Former White House staffers as well as members of Trump’s communication team Stephanie Grishman, Alyssa F. Griffin, and Sarah Matthews all criticized the announcement speech’s lack of enthusiasm. George Conway, Meghan McCain, Sean Trende, Amanda Carpenter, and others on the right followed suit. MeidasTouch compiled a video of once-friendly members of the media showing disdain for Trump.

Far from the red wave the GOP expected, the election has left them with a hard-fought yet narrow house majority, having failed to gain in the Senate. Senator Rick Scott, who failed to challenge Mitch McConnell for his caucus position, has criticized the party for not being bold enough, whereas the Senate Minority Leader argued that the GOP alienated moderate voters. Staffers for both members of the GOP have criticized the perceived failures of one another. Another Republican Senator, Josh Hawley, who has aligned himself with Trump, said “I think Senator McConnell’s view is that Trump is largely to blame and that Republicans have an image problem because of Trump. I have to say that I don’t agree with that.”

Trump, in his campaign speech, began by castigating Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been projected as a potential challenger in the presidential arena. McConnell has vowed not to get involved with 2024’s presidential race.