Former President Donald Trump’s midterm failures have led to his support within the GOP waning. According to news reports, many Republicans want to see him face criminal convictions.
Trump has been teasing a potential 2024 presidential campaign for months now. Many have even argued that it is possible he is using the campaign in order to fend off any potential prosecutions as he currently has a number of investigations against him. According to reports, Trump had been hoping that he would be able to announce a candidacy following the midterm elections where many of his endorsed candidates would have been successful. However, this 2022 midterm election has been particularly good for Democrats, while Trump’s candidates underperformed in many key races. This has led to Republicans doubting whether Trump would be a good 2024 candidate.
On Sunday a report was published by the Daily Beast in which multiple current and former attorneys and general legal experts discussed the legal situation Trump is facing. Most noted that he probably wanted to use the 2024 election in order to avoid facing any criminal prosecution. They also continued to say that as many of the investigations are too far along, Trump might not be able to avoid them. According to some reports Attorney General Merrick Garland was going to seek to indict Trump after the midterms. This was to avoid any claims that the indictment was used as a way of swaying voters in the midterm elections.
Despite all the criticism, Trump is still expected to announce his candidacy on Tuesday.