Mick Mulvaney, who served as acting White House chief of staff for Donald Trump, condemned his former boss on Tuesday as “the only Republican who could lose.”
What did Mulvaney say?
Reacting to Trump’s official 2024 campaign announcement, Mulvaney declared that Trump’s candidacy is not good for the Republican Party.
“I think he’s the only Republican who could lose,” Mulvaney said on CNN.
He predicted that Trump will probably become the Republican nominee because Trump’s hard-core supporters will push him over the finish line “under the winner-take-all primary system.”
But, Mulvaney explained, Trump will ultimately distract voters from the disaster that has been Joe Biden’s presidency, helping Democrats keep control of the White House.
“That means the 2024 race is not about Joe Biden or whatever Democrat is on the ticket, not about inflation, not about world events, not about abortion. It will be about Donald Trump, the same thing we saw in 2020,” Mulvaney said.
“No one voted for Joe Biden. Everybody voted for or against Donald Trump. It was a referendum on him. And that’s what we’re hurtling toward in 2024,” he continued. “I don’t see the outcome being any different two years from now than it was two years ago.”
Former Trump official reacts to Trump’s 2024 announcement
What is the background?
Republicans are searching for answers after disappointing elections resulted in a narrow House majority and a Senate minority.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, like many Republicans, blames losing moderate voters — the true independents who determine election outcomes — for their losses.
But how did Republicans fail to appeal to such voters in perhaps the most unfavorable political environment possible for Democrats? Inflation is sky-high, gas prices remain a problem, and President Joe Biden is deeply unpopular. The answer to the question, according to McConnell, is that Republican candidates involved in “chaos, negativity, excessive attacks” drove away moderate voters.
Election data, indeed, confirms that Trump’s preferred candidates earned less support than moderate Republicans.