Trump is pissed Republicans keep telling him to stay away from Georgia – Rolling Stone

Cast as a Republican Party resources into the Georgia Senate runoff, Donald Trump is irritated by the idea that virtually no one of significance in the GOP wants him to run in Georgia.

Ahead of the contest between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Trump-backed challenger Herschel Walker, several GOP figures and Trump allies have already begged him not to hold a rally in Georgia before the runoff, according to two people familiar with the matter and another person informed of the situation. Trump – who helped recruit Walker to run – and his advisers have discussed the possibility of traveling to Georgia, although Trump had not made a commitment last week.

However, Trump has hinted to those close to him that he will react badly if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – a potential 2024 rival – fights in Georgia while the Republican Party keeps its once-undisputed leader at bay, the first two say Sources . People who’ve spoken to Trump recently worry that if DeSantis announced an event in Georgia, that would guarantee Trump would also travel to the state.

Trump has also argued vehemently to aides and confidants that his presence in the runoff would be a positive outcome for Walker, and he has accused pundits and Republicans who say he shouldn’t go to Georgia of being unintelligent Trump haters.

But two years ago, when control of the Senate boiled down to two Georgia runoffs, Republicans lost both, and some blame Trump. Senior party officials have publicly warned that Trump’s presence this time could lead to a similar outcome, fearing Trump’s bad favor with independent voters and electoral denial could do more harm than good.

Advisor Jason Miller told Newsmax he advised Trump to “wait until after the Georgia race.” 2016 Trump campaign senior adviser Mike Biundo told Fox News that “Walker’s campaign needs to be our party’s priority and focus.” New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, a vocal critic of Trump, told Fox that the announcement was “a terrible idea” and that anyone who advised the president to move ahead with his campaign plans “should be fired.”

According to a person familiar with the matter, the ex-president has privately complained about a Nov 9 Fox News clip, in which his own former White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, declined to say whether or not Trump should travel to Georgia — though she added that DeSantis should be “welcome to the state.” Trump saw the Fox segment with one of his own former senior administration officials as a “slap in the face,” according to the source’s characterization.

One Republican, however, had a different vision. “I think, if [Trump] and DeSantis and [Georgia Governor Brian] Kemp appeared at the same rally, it would be a tremendous show of unity for Herschel,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser and a Walker booster. “If all three could come together, that would be ideal. It would bring all sections of the Republican Party together.”

It seems unlikely that Gingrich’s fantasy meeting will come true. Trump dislikes both DeSantis and Kemp, who refused to join the push to overturn the results of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election. And putting aside his own ambitions and grievances is not Trump’s way.

Two elections — the 2024 GOP presidential primary and Republicans’ overwhelming showing in the midterms — have intensified debate over Trump’s role in the party. Many in the GOP blame Trump for poor midterm results, nothing that several Senate and gubernatorial candidates he raised through primary elections flopped in the general election. And these slanders have complicated Trump’s incipient presidential campaign.


The twice-impeached former president already dumped donors in the weeks leading up to the announcement, and he’s since lost two major donors. Neither of Trump’s two most prominent children attended the announcement: Don Jr. was on the hunt, and Ivanka announced she was retiring from politics entirely.

Adding to the tension is the fact that Republicans have not rushed to Mar-a-Lago to endorse Trump’s presidential bid. Sources close to Trump previously said Rolling Stone that the former president has tried to intimidate reluctant allies into committing to Trump 2024.
As Rolling Stone reported earlier this month, Trump solicits inflammatory gossip about DeSantis and another possible GOP contender for 2024, Republican Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin. Trump has threatened to reveal unflattering information about the Florida governor, and he recently nicknamed DeSantis “Ron DeSanctimonious.”