Donald Trump Jr. went on Twitter to attack “2024 GOP hopes” for not supporting his father, highlighting the growing gap between the Republican Party and Trump loyalists.
The president’s son sent a strong message to GOP leaders on Thursday in the hope of advancing their political careers, writing that those who did not support Trump during the election process “instead cowered before the media mob.
“The complete absence of action by virtually all ‘2024 GOP hopes’ is pretty amazing,” he twittered. “They have a perfect platform to show that they are willing and able to fight, but they will cower in front of the media mob instead. Don’t worry, @realDonaldTrump will fight & they can watch as usual!
The only exception, he added, was Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who he said had been “active and vocal”.
Although Trump Jr. did not name others, a number of GOP leaders continued to hesitate to support the president, claiming a false victory, accusing voter fraud and filing lawsuits while ballots are still being counted in the warring states.
Some leaders have even publicly challenged him.
GOP Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who had previously expressed interest in running for the 2024 presidential election, tweeted in response to Trump’s false claim of victory that “the outcome of the presidential campaign will be known after every legally cast vote has been counted.
Similarly, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie told ABC News on Wednesday that “there is simply no basis to make that argument tonight, there simply isn’t one. All these votes that are now on the table must be counted. I disagree with what he did tonight”.
On CNN, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said he was “very saddened by what I heard the President say.
Even conservative commentator Ben Shapiro weighed Trump’s comments and tweeted: “Trump has not yet won the election, and it is deeply irresponsible for him to say he has won it.
Other GOP leaders, including Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, have been publicly silent, while Trump lags behind Biden. When asked to comment on Trump’s handling of the election, Cruz refused to comment.
A former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, responded to Trump’s tactics by saying that the president “is afraid of the outcome of the election because he has not presented the American people with arguments for his re-election, so he is trying to play the system off against himself to his advantage.
Trump loyalists have responded with a vehement defense of the president.
On Thursday, Eric Trump tweeted that Republicans “have some backbone” and “have to fight this fraud.
The GOP House candidate, Ronny Jackson of Texas, tweeted that “RINOs”, or Republicans in name only, “must stand up for President Trump and fight the Democrats and their electoral fraud. This election is too important! We must “protect the vote.
And Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and Trump’s personal lawyer, agreed with Eric Trump on Twitter that voters “will never forget” the GOP’s lack of support by writing on Thursday: “No, they won’t.
But the gap between GOP and Trump supporters continues to grow as the President follows Democratic candidate Joe Biden in key states.
By Thursday night, Biden had collected 253 of the 270 votes needed to win, with forecasts for both Arizona and Nevada. Should this happen, he would win the presidential race….