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Trump campaign announcement deepens Republicans civil war

Trump campaign announcement deepens Republicans civil war


Trump campaign announcement deepens Republicans civil war

Mike Lindell was full of passionate intensity. Wandering the white and gold ballroom of the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, the mustachioed pillow-maker predicted that Donald Trump's candidacy for the White House would clear the Republican field.

"After he announces today, I think [Florida governor] Ron DeSantis will end up just endorsing him," Lindell, a rabid Trump cheerleader and conspiracy theorist, told the Guardian early on Tuesday evening. "I can't imagine anybody wasting the time, effort and money of the people. We need to unite our country and there's only man who can do that and he'll be up on that stage. Period."

It did not work out that way.

In fact Trump's lethargic primetime speech beneath crystal chandeliers and the stars and stripes had the opposite effect, conveying the impression to many of a Yesterday's Man who has lost his swagger, more vulnerable than ever to DeSantis and other would-be challengers in 2024.

Far from a coronation, it also deepened what Democrats gleefully called "an all-out civil war" engulfing the Republican party in the wake of midterm elections where, despite economic discontent and historical headwinds, forecasts of a red wave were scaled down to a pink splash.

Republicans are now soul searching over how they lost a very winnable Senate and bracing for two tumultuous years in the House of Representatives, where their wafer-thin majority is likely to enflame divisions and empower the far right.

Many point the finger of blame at Trump and his false claims of voter fraud, noting the underperformance of candidates he endorsed for the Senate and the near total wipeout of election deniers who ran for statewide office.

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