BATTLE ROYALE Donald Trump, who announced his candidacy for the 2024 US presidential election on Tuesday, is weakened by the poor performance of his foals in the midterms and will have to fight
Donald Trump surrounded by potential opponents for the future Republican primary: Ron DeSantis, Mike Pence and Liz Cheney (left) and Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley and Tim Scott (right). — Sipa/montage “20 Minutes”
- Surrounded by court cases, Donald Trump announced an early presidential candidacy in 2024.
- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is even ahead of him in a poll.
< li>Weakened by the poor performance of the most extreme candidates in the midterms, he no longer seems untouchable.
From our correspondent in the United States,
The fratricidal war has begun. By announcing his candidacy for the next presidential election two years in advance, Tuesday evening, Donald Trump hopes to clear the way, but also to complicate the lives of the prosecutors who are investigating the 2020 election and the violence of the Capitol. But if his hold on the Republican party seemed almost absolute, the midterms, which nevertheless made it possible to tilt the House of Representatives on the side of the Republican Party. red, reshuffled the cards. Obsessed by his 2020 defeat and an imaginary fraud, Donald Trump saw the candidates he backed being overwhelmingly rejected by voters in swing states. Enough to whet the appetite – and the knives – of a dozen challengers who want to turn the Trump page.
Ron DeSantis, the faithful who has the wind in his sails
Ron DeSantis would probably be nothing without Donald Trump. In 2018, the support of the American president had allowed him to become governor of Florida. Re-elected in an armchair last week, in particular by seducing the Latino electorate, he is able to mobilize the MAGA base (now MAGAGA) without antagonizing the independents in the suburbs. At 44, he is the age of the eldest son. of Donald Trump, and Rupert Murdoch already has it; designated like “DeFuture” of the Republican Party.
Ron DeSantis finally responds to Trump criticism ahead of the former president's announcement tonight:
"One of the things I've learned in this job is when you're leading, when you're getting things done, you take incoming fire, that's just the nature of it." pic.twitter.com/bVuoG4Fpht
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) November 15, 2022
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Past by Yale then Harvard, this former Navy lawyer has repartee and will not allow himself to be walked over in the debates, like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. According to a YouGov poll conducted after the midterms, he even tops the list of preferences, with the support of 41% of Republicans, against 39% in the United States. Donald Trump. But beware; the latter, who warned that he “knows more than anyone” on DeSantis, “perhaps at; except his wife.”.
Mike Pence, the former VP who has accounts to settle
For four years he played good soldiers. But when it mattered most, Mike Pence stood up to the challenge. Donald Trump, refusing to block certification of the 2020 presidential results in Congress. Thrown in pampering the rioters of the Capitol by a tweet signed Trump criticizing his “lack of courage”, the former VP began to settle accounts in his memoirs, which appear on Monday. Donald Trump “has put me and my family in danger,” If he will probably find it difficult to embody the next generation, he knows Trump better than anyone. Her strengths, but above all her weaknesses.
Liz Cheney, the nemesis who has nothing to do with her. lose
Liz Cheney has no chance of winning the Republican primary. Defeated by a Donald Trump-backed candidate in Wyoming this summer, Dick Cheney’s daughter has only one mission: to block the way to… the one she calls a “threat to democracy”. She said she “was thinking” to show up, and she should have a few scuds in reserve after co-chairing the for 18 months the committee House Inquiry into the Capitol.
Mike Pompeo, the hawk that follows the direction of the wind
In 2016, while backing Marco Rubio in the primary, Pompeo warned that Donald Trump would be an “high-handed, unconstitutional” president. A few months later, this Republican hawk turned around and became the boss of the CIA, then the Secretary of State of the Trump administration. After the assault on the Capitol, he participates in the talks to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare the US President “unfit”, but they go nowhere. Tuesday evening, he sent a spade Donald Trump without naming him on Twitter: “We need leaders who look ahead and not in the rear view mirror by posing as a victim.”
Nikki Haley, l’ Tightrope walker who dreams of becoming president
Facing Donald Trump, Nikki Haley has always played; tightrope walkers. In 2016, the former governor of South Carolina supports Marco Rubio then Ted Cruz. This does not prevent her from becoming the ambassador of the United States to the United States. the UN – and the first person of Indian descent to serve in a presidential cabinet – for two years. She sometimes criticized his boss while seeking to not to alienate its supporters. She denounces his “dangerous words” after Charlottesville and declares that he will “be judged harshly. by History” after the assault on the Capitol, but speaks in the same interview of his “friend” Donald Trump. She had assured that she wouldn’t be a candidate if he ran, but her calculations may have changed.
Tim Scott, the African-American senator who stands
If Tim Scott wanted to get started, he wouldn't do it any other way. Re-elected senator from South Carolina by a margin of 27 points, the one who often highlights his family history, “cotton in Congress” a book this summer. Its title: America, A Story of Redemption: Choosing Hope, Creating Unity. Yes, he can. Scott, one of the few elected African-American Republicans, enjoys a good popularity rating. in his State but does not have the visibility of its competitors at the national level. Like Haley, he probably has more of a running mate profile.
The rest: Regulars and governors in ambush
In a primary that promises to be more open than predicted, we could find three candidates beaten by Trump in 2016: senators Marco Rubioand Ted Cruz, but also the former governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, who is increasingly openly critical of the former president. Two moderate governors also took out the sulphate. Larry Hogan (Maryland) says Donald Trump “cost three elections” Republicans (House in 2018, Congress in 2020, and Senate in 2022). Easily re-elected in New Hampshire, Chris Sununu qualified as midterms of “rejection of extremism”, and Glenn Youngkin (Virginia) has recently distanced himself. Kristi Noem (South Dakota), she remains faithful to the former president, but we have seen her crisscross the United States in recent months. The marathon is on.