If we’re being entirely frank, Donald Trump hasn’t had a good two years or so, pretty much ever since he realized that Joe Biden had won the 2020 presidential election and his time in the White House was rapidly coming to a close. But the last two weeks or so have undeniably been extra rough for the scandal-ridden, disgraced former president.
Trump was already drowning in an ocean of legal peril — ranging from the January 6th House Select Committee’s ongoing investigation to the New York Attorney General’s bombshell lawsuit, to the Manhattan DA’s criminal investigation that reached a brutal crescendo this week when his longtime CFO Allen Weisselberg finally turned on him, to the Justice Department’s mounting investigation into not only January 6th, but also into the explosive stolen document scandal.
And then the midterm elections came, along with the official launch of his 2024 presidential campaign — neither of which went well for the former president, at all.
The anticipated “Red Wave” for the GOP in this year’s midterm election ultimately turned out to be little more than a pink trickle, with many of Donald Trump’s hand-picked endorsements losing their asses to their Democratic opponents.
Despite the massive losses for his party, Trump still marched full steam ahead into his 2024 announcement on the heels of the midterm election. But the big announcement frankly wasn’t well received among even the highest-level of the Republican Party he’s running in.
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Multiple senior officials and figures within the GOP didn’t hold back their disapproval of Trump’s 2024 candidacy — with more than a few of them saying that it’s high time for the party to “move on” from Donald Trump, and many of them think there are “better” options for the Republican presidential nominee.
But as it turns out, it’s not just key names in the GOP that are turning on the scandal-ridden ex-president.
According to new reporting from Huffington Post, Donald Trump is rapidly losing support among one of his biggest bases — the evangelicals.
Mike Evans, an evangelical figure who met with Trump at the White House and even gave the then-president an award, spoke with the Washington Post and said, “Donald Trump can’t save America. He can’t even save himself.”
“He used us to win the White House. We had to close our mouths and eyes when he said things that horrified us,” Evans told the Post. “I cannot do that anymore.”
Robert Jeffress, a longtime supporter of the ex-president who served as one of Trump’s ley evangelical advisors during his 2016 campaign, spoke with Newsweek and admitted that even he can’t commit to endorsing Donald Trump at this point.
“The Republican Party is headed toward a civil war that I have no desire or need to be part of,” Jeffress said but did add that he would “happily” support Trump again if he does manage to secure the Republican nomination.
While it was always pretty widely assumed that, if Trump did officially run for president again in 2024, he would undoubtedly win the nomination, the truth of the matter is, Donald’s plummeting poll numbers among Republican voters have shown that he’s not the shoo-in people once believed he was.
Jeffress also seemed to throw in a thinly-veiled jab at the ex-president recently, when he took to his Twitter and encouraged people to purchase and read former Trump VP Mike Pence’s new book — which doesn’t exactly speak highly of the ex-president:
.@Mike_Pence is a great friend, a committed Christian, and a true American hero. Get his new book SO HELP ME GOD that is out today. https://t.co/9qnT3MVzKf
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) November 15, 2022
Jeffress did say on Twitter that he still considers Donald Trump to be a “great friend and our greatest president since Reagan.”
But Robert Jeffress is far from the former guy’s biggest concern.
Former faith advisor to the ex-president, James Robison of Life Outreach International, delivered a fiery speech this week, in which he took aim at Donald Trump’s ever-growing ego, and said it’s getting in the way of the political agenda that would get him re-elected.
“If Mr. Trump can’t stop his little petty issues, how does he expect people to stop major issues?” Robinson said, according to reporting on his speech from the Washington Post.
At one point, Robinson directly addressed Trump: “Sir, you act like a little elementary schoolchild and you shoot yourself in the foot every morning you get up and open your mouth! The more you keep your mouth closed, the more successful you’re gonna be!”
Ultimately, the former faith advisor didn’t say one way or another whether he would be formally endorsing Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election.
But the most brutal assessment of them all came from evangelical Washington Post columnist Everett Piper, who once staunchly supported the former president, and wrote in a recent column: “The take-home of this past week is simple: Donald Trump has to go. If he’s our nominee in 2024, we will get destroyed.”
It truly seems as though there is almost no one left in Donald Trump’s corner.
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