What lawmakers say about Trump’s presidential candidacy

Republican lawmakers danced around the question when asked if they would support Donald Trump, who announced on Tuesday that he would run for president again in 2024.

“I think you’re going to see a lot of other people announcing their candidacy as well, we’re a deep bank,” said Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind. “That’s a really good thing,”

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, a Republican who is a Trump ally, said, “Our focus is on this election and the Georgia election.”

It’s a reference to next month’s Georgia runoff, which will pit incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, against soccer legend Herschel Walker, a Trump-backed Republican.

Trump’s record of endorsements in the recently completed midterms has been mixed. Republicans lost in hard-fought Senate races in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Arizona and Nevada. With a runoff election in Georgia in three weeks, the Democrats could further expand their majority.

Republicans could take control of the House of Representatives, but with a far smaller majority than hoped, likely affecting their ability to pass legislation next year. There, too, Trump’s record of supporting candidates has been mixed.

Several recent polls suggest that conservative voters support Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over Trump in 2024. DeSantis and his Republican counterparts took Florida by storm in last week’s election, making significant gains even in Democratic strongholds.

Still, not all Republicans abandoned the former president.

Kari Lake, a Trump loyalist who ran unsuccessfully for Arizona governor, said the end Twitter that the former President has her “complete and unreserved support”.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., also took to Twitter after Trump’s announcement and said that if he keeps his message and tone, Trump will be hard to beat in the general election.

“His speech tonight, in which he contrasts his policies and results with the Biden administration, charts a winning path for him in the primary and general election,” Graham tweeted.

Graham told reporters earlier Tuesday that he didn’t want Trump to make any campaign announcements. “I don’t think Trump should announce today,” he said, “I just think we got Georgia (Senate race) outstanding. I would like to finish in 2022, right?”

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