Growing Number of Republicans Say Trump Won’t Be GOP Nominee 

More and more prominent Republicans are warning against former President Donald Trump from running again for the White House in 2024. The Republicans are warning that if Trump runs, he will lose. 

Rifts within the GOP around the 2024 presidential elections are emerging as the midterm elections approach, and are expected to come into full view after November. 

Former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), and former Vice President Mike Pence have all indicated in recent days that they would rather see someone else on the ballot in the next presidential election. 

Some of the most outspoken figures include individuals who are no longer standard-bearers in the party, such as Ryan, Bush, and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) 

The Republican Party has been taken over by Trump. But, these outspoken individuals have massive megaphones and huge followings, and their concerns about another Trump run, combined with polls showing a lot of the public is ready to move on, show how Trump’s viability as a candidate could shape how the primary field comes into view. 

Pence was once a loyal sidekick to Trump. But he broke with his former boss over the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection on the Capitol, as well as plans to overturn the presidential election results. Not to mention when the crowd at the insurrection threatened violence against Pence, chanting they wanted to hang Pence. 

Last week Pence was asked whether he would vote for Trump if he was on the ballot in 2024. 

Pence said there might be someone he would prefer more. The former Vice President is expected to potentially launch his own run for office. 

Ryan retired from the House in 2019 after many public squabbles with Trump. Earlier this month he argued that Trump could cost Republicans the White House if he is on the ballot, saying Trump’s unelectability will be palpable by 2024. 

Bush ran against Trump in 2016 and said he believes there will be a yearning for a new generation of leadership in the country in 2024, and that candidates are focused on the future, not grievances of the past. 

GOP Senate candidate in Colorado Joe O’Dea said he found tractions with voters distancing himself from Trump and argued earlier this month Trump should not be on the 2024 ballot. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has not outright said Trump should not run again. But when asked this summer about the prospect of the former president seeking another term in 2024, he predicted “a crowded field” of Republican candidates.

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