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2016 shades: Republicans keep Trump silent and want him to disappear

It was a familiar scene on Sunday that Senator John Thune tried to avoid answering directly about former President Donald Trump’s irritable behavior. Trump calls minority leader Senator Mitch McConnell “stupid” while talking to hundreds of Republican National Committee donors Saturday night, and a rough phrase to emphasize it. Was used. When asked to comment by Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, he laughed and tried to avoid the question. Sign up for the morning newsletter from The New York Times. “I think much of that rhetoric is part of the style and tone that came with the former president,” Toon said before moving on to Trump and McConnell. We shared the goal of regaining the majority of Congress in 2022. Toon wasn’t the only Republican who was nervous to stay to the right of the former president. The day before Trump provided Broadside to McConnell, Florida Senator Rick Scott, chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee, awarded Trump a newly created award for his leadership. .. And Nikki Haley, a former UN ambassador under Trump, criticized his actions in connection with the January 6 riots and infuriated him when the party showed that he needed to move on. Even a more neutral territory trying delicate dance to get back. This week she told The Associated Press that if Trump ran, she wouldn’t. This is a tribute to the former president’s emphasis on the complexity of the Republican Party. Like many Republicans, Toon, Scott, and Haley personally talk about running again in 2024, navigating the urge of the former president to bend the rest of the party to his will. I did. Parliament building on January 6th. He holds a devoted group of Republican voters, and the leader has discussed the need to continue to appeal to the new voters Trump has attracted over the last five years. To some extent, their attitude is reminiscent of the decline of Trump’s first primaries in 2015 and 2016. McConnell and several other Republicans were directly critical of Trump’s actions after the Capitol riots, but most are trying to avoid alienating the former president. Knowing that he will turn to them to deplete the attack, he wants someone or something else to intervene to thwart him. Even if Mr. Trump reveals he’ll stay in public, many Republicans want him to decline after the party’s term of losing both Congress and the White House. I said personally. “It’s Groundhog Day,” said Tim Miller, a former adviser to Jeb Bush, the only candidate who repeatedly challenged Trump in the early stages of the 2016 Republican primary. Miller mentioned his instinct to relax and get someone else to take on Trump. “But no one learned from it after we all saw that the strategy failed just because he wanted to leave.” Throughout the campaign, candidates one after another in a crowded area Trump tried to position himself to be the last man to stand on the assumption that he would self-destruct before reaching the finish line. It was wishful thinking. Trump attacked not only Bush, but also several other candidates in very personal terms, including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and businessman Carly Fiorina. Only Bush remained responsive, but he eventually left the race after failing to gain traction. In particular, Cruz told donors at a private meeting in late 2015 that he would give Trump a “big bear hug” to retain voters. They all tried to avoid being the target of his insults, but hoped that external events and news media coverage would eventually lead to his downfall. Instead, Trump solidified his position when the first vote began. “He threatens people because he attacks them much more violently and relentlessly than any other politician, but somehow people crave his approval,” said former New Jersey governor Chris Christie in the primary. Said Mike Duheim, who advised. Duheim recalled that Trump attacked Bush’s wife in one debate, just for Bush to make a round trip when Trump offered a hand slap later in the same debate. “Trump eventually self-destructed after four years in office,” Duheime said. “But he can still make and destroy others, which makes him powerful and appropriate.” Former criticism of Trump in his memoir “On the House.” Even House Speaker John Bener told Time magazine this week that he voted for Trump in 2020 after the former president spent several months. It falsely suggests that elections will be corrupted. In his speech in front of the RNC donor on Saturday night, Trump criticized recognized enemy hosts from both parties in addition to attacking McConnell. Among them was former Vice President Mike Pence, whose life was at stake on January 6 because he was in the Capitol to prove his vote. Mr. Trump has the “courage” to send the electoral college back to the state, even though Pence, who recently signed the deal, revealed that the Vice President did not think he was authorized. He reiterated that he should have. Do so. Trump’s adviser Jason Miller disagreed with the 2015 comparison, saying polls show that Trump dominates the Republican base more than it did then and more Republican executives oppose it. It was. He was 5 years ago. “In 2021, there are no candidates trying to take President Trump out, only occasional snipers from menthol-injected Nitwit like John Bener,” he said. Still, Trump cannot completely control the party he went to during his four-year tenure. His critics include top Republicans such as McConnell and Congressman Liz Cheney of Wyoming. When asked if he would vote for Trump if he ran for 2024 in Fox News on Tuesday, Cheney replied, “I won’t.” Cheney, who Trump threatened as a target of anger, also said her Republicans “should not accept riots.” And not all Republicans think it’s a mistake to ignore Trump. A senior member speaking anonymously because he didn’t want to interact with Trump for a long time said the former president was absent, and the Republicans were less ubiquitous in the district’s voters during the holidays. He said there was anecdotal evidence that he was. Trump dominated in 2015 and 2016, but was an adviser to another Republican who could run in 2024, and is no longer the case. As the first Republican officials argued, Republican lawmakers found a common cause not only in the fight against President Joe Biden’s policy, but also in his opposition to Georgia’s voting rights law. Republicans said they would accelerate without being driven by cult of personality over the former president. Other Republicans say that a criminal investigation into Trump’s business by New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. will lead to crimes that prevent him from running again or becoming a key figure in the party. I personally expect it. People who talk to Trump say he’s excited about the investigation. All of that may represent a slow shift from Trump, but those Republicans believe the shift has begun. David Kochel, a Republican strategist and supporter of Bush during the 2016 campaign, did not seem optimistic. He said that even the horror of January 6 did not break Trump’s hold against other elected officials, and that some anchors of Fox News, the largest conservative press, consistently attacked in the air. With the passage of time, he disregarded and stated that he paralyzed the viewer to what happened. When asked about security around the Capitol in a Fox News interview with host Laura Ingraham late last month, Trump said: The threat was zero. He added: “Some of them went in, where they were hugging and kissing police and guards. You know, they had a great relationship. Many waved He went in, went in, and went out. “Mr. Kochel said on January 6th, with the help of Fox News, that he was” packed in a hole in his memory, “waiting for Trump and he disappearing. He said that the strategy that expects it has an incomplete history of being effective. “We’ve seen this movie before. Republican leaders are looking at each other and waiting for who is trying to beat Trump,” he said. This article was originally published in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company