Democrats believe it’s up to the Republican Party to bring an end to Donald Trump’s presidency because they’re not going to do anything to prevent him from running again in 2024 with the current situation.
Trump has so far given every indication that he plans to run for re-election in 2024. Last week he said that his supporters would be “very, very pleased” if he were to run for reelection.
“The answer is I’m absolutely enthused. I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time,” Trump told Candace Owens on her Daily Wire talk show.
Additionally, Republicans still hold Trump in high regard and regard him as the party’s patriarch. Last month, a CNN-SSRS poll showed 70% of Republicans believed that Democrats stole the 2020 election from Trump, and only 23% thought that Biden is a legitimate president.
In a speech on the House floor on the eve of her ouster from House GOP leadership, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said it was up to members of both parties to prevent Trump from holding elected office again.
But Democrats say that it is solely up to Republicans to keep Trump from leading their party, reasoning that they have done everything possible to hold Trump at bay, pointing at their aggressive efforts at the impeachment proceedings earlier this year, according to The Hill.
Joel Payne, a Democratic strategist, said, “I think that was the entire point. To make sure that Trump was accountable for Jan. 6 and to ban him from running for public office. The impeachment managers were pretty clear about that case.
“Republicans decided it was more valuable to them to have Donald Trump be a viable candidate for public office again.
“I don’t think there is anything further that Democrats can do. But honestly it’s less about Democrats and it’s more about Republicans. The conscientious Republican objectors had their moment if they wanted to sweep Trump out of public life and they decided not to.”
Eddie Vale, another Democratic strategist, said, “I feel like in almost any situation, no matter how hard or how much of a long shot it is, there’s usually something you can at least try to do to slightly alter the course of events. This is an exception to the rule.
“For better or for worse, there is absolutely nothing any Democrat can say or do that is going to change Trump’s behavior and any attempt to do so will be as impactful as farting into a tornado.”
GOP strategists critical of Trump share the same opinion. They say that there isn’t anything Democrats can do, simultaneously complaining that Republicans aren’t doing much to derail Trump’s political ambitions.
Doug Heye, a Republican strategist, said, “Obsequiousness to all things Trump, which has continued in Congress this week, means not only can they not do anything to stop Trump from running, they are actively encouraging him to do so, whether they privately want him to or not.”
Heye also pointed out only two possibilities where Trump could be stopped from running, “potential legal troubles and his own whims.”
“But as long as Republicans bow down to him, and potential Republican candidates stay on the sidelines, what’s to stop Trump from continuing to keep everyone guessing? It’s in his benefit to keep it going,” he added.