(RoyalPatriot.com )- There are some people within the Republican Party who are steadfast against former President Donald Trump and want someone else to lead the party going forward.
For a while now, they’ve seemingly been in denial of the fact that Trump is still a force in the party, even though he doesn’t hold an official political position now and hasn’t since early 2021.
But, a new report from media outlet The Hill showed that an increasing number of these Republicans are starting to finally come to terms with the fact that there’s a good shot that Trump will be the party’s presidential nominee come 2024. That has caused much worry among these people, who were hoping to move on from him.
While there were early indications that Trump’s 2024 candidacy could be in trouble, signs are emerging that Trump still has a lot of support within the party. The conservative base within the party continues to stand firmly behind Trump, even as he’s facing multiple controversies.
It’s possible that this could all change now that a federal grand jury in Manhattan has decided to indict Trump for his alleged role in a hush-money scheme prior to the 2016 presidential election. The former president is reportedly going to turn himself in to be formally charged with as many as 30 crimes next Tuesday.
That being said, recent polls have shown that Trump is indeed expanding the lead he has in the GOP primary. His chief rival in the race seems to be Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, even though he hasn’t formally announced his candidacy just yet.
DeSantis has been making the rounds to increase his national image recently, but he’s found himself on the defensive a lot, which has raised many questions about whether the Florida governor would even be ready to take on Trump directly in the 2024 primary – or whether he’d be better served waiting it out and running for president in a future year.
By the time the 2024 presidential election rolls around, DeSantis will still be only 46 years old, so there would be plenty of time for him to run in a future year when he wouldn’t have to take on an opponent as combative as Trump.
The recent bump that Trump has experienced in GOP primary polling is reminding some people within the party that he still has a tight grip on the biggest die-hard GOP supporters. It’s also an eye-opener about how challenging it might be to dethrone Trump from atop the Republican Party in 2024.
One strategist for the GOP who’s opposing the former president in the 2024 primary, said recently:
“Old habits are hard to break, I guess. I think if you do write him off, you’re writing him off at your own peril. His supporters are loyal. He has a broad base.”
A lot can change between now and when the primaries really kick into high gear, of course. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy are the only two high-profile GOPers to officially announce their candidacy to challenge Trump in 2024 thus far.
Most of Trump’s biggest potential challengers, like DeSantis, may not even officially make their announcements for months yet.