Trump Challengers In Tough Situation

Those Republicans who have been considering placing a presidential bid in 2024 will need to be careful in the way they approach any criticism directed towards former President Trump, his actions, or rhetoric. This is because any direct attack on Trump could potentially lead to his supporters being alienated.

The latest example of this has been regarding the Republicans’ quick move to condemn antisemitism but not to directly attack Trump for his dinner with white nationalist Nick Fuentes. Some Republicans did criticize Trump while others completely avoided doing so.

Former Vice President Mike Pence said that Trump ought to apologize for having dinner with Nick Fuentes, a well-known white supremacist, antisemite, and racist. The dinner was also attended by Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, who has in the past few months made several antisemitic views.
Pence added that while Trump should apologize, he does not believe that Trump is an antisemite, racist, or bigot himself.

It is speculated that Pence has been considering launching a presidential campaign in 2024.
Another such example comes from former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who did not name Trump at all in his tweets but instead just spoke about how antisemitism is “a cancer”.

Dedicated Trump supporters are still a big part of the GOP which is why it makes sense for those aspiring to be the GOP presidential nominees to not want to alienate this group.

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