Donald Trump earned a standing ovation after repeating his claims that the 2020 election was rigged at a young conservative rally in Florida over the weekend.
The rapturous response at the Student Action Summit in Tampa was a “departure from the lackluster reception” to his announcements about the 2020 presidential race at other recent campaign rallies, he said. Daily Mail.
Recent polls show that Trump’s popularity has been dented by the hearings congressional request a study of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol. The former president was booed at a rally in Arizona on Friday — and he also lost the support of a key ally in the media.
Recent opinion polls show the “relentless drip of damaging details” at the hearings “definitely had some effect” on Republican views of Trump, he said The New YorkerJohn Cassidy.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 40% of self-identified Republicans now believe Trump was at least partly to blame for the violence on Capitol Hill, “up from 33% before the hearings,” Cassidy wrote. And the share of Republicans who said they think Trump should not run again also rose from a quarter to a third.
The results of the survey show that the views of the Republicans on Trump are there “darkened by six weeks of televised congressional hearings”said Reuters.
A New York Times/Siena College Poll earlier this month also made for depressing reading for Trump. Almost half of the Republicans polled said they would not have voted for him in the primary. Among respondents under the age of 35, the share increased to almost two-thirds.
However, Art RealClearPolitics the polling average, which aggregates the results of individual studies, found that Trump’s overall favorability rating had only dropped by about two percentage points since the televised hearings began.
“Overwhelming majority of Republicans believe Trump’s lie” that 2020 election was stolen, writes New York Journal’s Jonathan Chait. “And if you believe that, you would be perfectly rational to choose a candidate who will admit to the crime and do everything to prevent it from happening again.”
As the hearings pause for the summer recess, a growing number of Republicans are being encouraged to join the race to become the next presidential nominee. Some in the party are “increasingly concerned” about the idea of Trump becoming their nominee again, he said CNN.
Dan Crenshaw, a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee, told the news channel that there are “a lot of good options” and that he hopes “they all jump.” Senate Republican leader John Thune agreed that there are “other compelling” candidates for 2024 besides Trump.
One has already jumped to the front of the pack: Ron DeSantisTrump’s strongest potential challenger, “effectively tied” with the former president in recent polls in New Hampshire and Michigan and “easily leading” him in Florida, The New York Times– said Ross Douthat.
Trump also seems to have lost the support of a significant media outlet. US media circles were “shaken” over the weekend after a US tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch issued an “outrageous editorial” about Trump’s failure to stop the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, it said Guardian.
The New York Post The editorial said that “Trump has proven, in principle, in terms of character, that he is unfit to be the head of the executive branch of this country again.”
And Murdoch’s American Table The Wall Street Journal said the evidence before the inquiry was a reminder that “Trump betrayed his supporters.”
The turn to the media mogul came days after Liz Cheney, the Republican vice chair of Capitol investigations, called Trump’s actions that day “unjustifiable”. He “made a deliberate choice to violate his oath of office” and “compromise our constitutional order,” Cheney said.
Her words were “a clear signal to US voters that Trump’s actions during the blockade should disqualify him from running for president again in 2024.” Financial Times.
You like me, right?
While Trump was cheered by young supporters in Florida on Saturday, he received a more mixed reception in Arizona the day before.
The cheers turned to roars when the former US leader announced at a rally in Prescott Valley that he was endorsing Eli Crane, who is running in the Republican primary for Congress. Crane has been accused of being a “doormat” who has never lived in the district he seeks to represent.
Trump “looked somewhat surprised by the reaction and gave an awkward smile,” The Independent reported. “But you like it i, right?” he asked the crowd.
The answer to that question could determine whether he gets a chance to reprise his role as president.