A new ballot shows voters and Republican operatives alike have labeled former US President Donald Trump the biggest loser of the midterm elections.
The Harvard CAPS/Harris poll reported exclusively by The Hill on Monday, 20 percent of voters said Trump was the clear loser after the Nov. 8 election, while 14 percent said MAGA Republicans were and 12 percent pointed to mainstream Republicans. Additionally, 15 percent said Democrats were the biggest losers, while 23 percent said they were unsure or didn’t know.
The poll was conducted after a number of Trump’s endorsed candidates lost up and down the ballot earlier this month, raising speculation about his waning influence among members of the Republican Party.
Many leading members of the GOP cast doubt about Trump's popularity heading into the 2024 US presidential election.
Former US House Speaker Paul Ryan said Trump would probably lose if were to be the GOP nominee in the 2024 presidential election. “I think we probably lose the White House with Trump,” the Republican Party member told media on Sunday.
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“And if there’s someone not named Trump, my guess is we win the White House,” the Republican said, adding, “I think he’s going to continue to lose altitude because we want to win. And we know with him we lose. We have a string of losses to prove that point."
He said there were a lot of capable GOP members who could substitute Trump. “[T]here are a lot of really good, capable conservatives who people I think like that are more than capable of not only being good conservatives in office but can win elections.”
Ryan also said the Republican Party would have had better results on November 8 if Trump had not been involved in the election campaign.
In related news, a famous GOP billionaire megadonor in the midterm elections said last week that he would not give any more financial support to Trump, who he described as " a three-time loser".
“I’d like to think that the Republican Party is ready to move on from somebody who has been for this party a three-time loser,” Miami-based hedge fund manager Ken Griffin, the second-most prolific donor to the Trump campaign said at Bloomberg’s New Economy Forum in Singapore, referring to the last three election cycles.
Meanwhile, Trump has announced his candidacy to seek the presidency again in 2024, vowing to prevent US President Joe Biden from being re-elected.
Biden responded a day after Trump's Tuesday announcement by saying that the Republicans in general had failed the US, while Trump, in particular, had failed the nation.
"Donald Trump failed America," Biden noted in a tweet from Bali, Indonesia where he was attending a summit.
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