The damming revelations about former President Donald Trump’s actions during the Capitol riot that emerged from the Jan. 6 Select Committee’s public hearings have made more Republican Senators skeptical of Trump’s political future.
Specifically, a group in the GOP has become wary of the former President becoming the GOP’s 2024 nominee or even running for another term as President.
One Senator, preferring to remain anonymous to speak freely on the subject pointed to the “cascade” of embarrassing details about Trump’s conduct leading up to — and on — Jan. 6, noting it would undoubtedly taint his political viability ahead of 2024.
Referencing the information revealed by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, the anonymous Senator said, “I don’t think he’ll run again, and that’s a good thing, because of the whole cascade of events.”
The Senator also indicated they weren’t alone in their desire for the former President not to run in 2024, saying only one Senator was supporting a Trump re-election bid.
“I could count on one hand the number of Republican senators who want Donald Trump to be our nominee,” the Senator said, continuing, “I could count it on one finger.”
The comments by the Senator come as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY.) said Trump would face a “crowded field” in his bid for President, alluding to the party distancing itself from Trump being its frontrunner.
Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) also noted Trump would face “robust” competition for a bid to reclaim the GOP nomination, adding that the nominee should appeal to independent and swing voters if they wanted a stint in the White House.