Republicans Ignore Trump
In recent weeks, it seems that Republicans have been paying less attention to Donald Trump on several matters, indicating a decline in his influence over GOP legislators as he pursues a return to the White House in 2024.
According to Newsweek, As the Republican nomination for the upcoming year takes shape, Donald Trump continues to be perceived as the frontrunner, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis considered his primary competitor.
Ongoing investigations into Donald Trump encompass various aspects, including the Justice Department’s examination of his handling of classified information, as well as state and federal inquiries into his attempts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election.
Throughout this month, Donald Trump has offered advice and issued warnings to Republican lawmakers, yet their impact appears to have been minimal or negligible.
During a CNN town hall earlier this month, the former president, Donald Trump, urged Republican lawmakers to stand firm on their demands during debt ceiling negotiations. He emphasized that they should not back down, even if it leads to a potential government default on its debt.
On Thursday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy informed reporters that he briefly discussed debt ceiling negotiations with Donald Trump.
Despite the discussions between Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Democratic President Joe Biden, an agreement was eventually reached on the debt ceiling. The agreement partially addressed certain demands from the GOP but did not go as far as Republicans desired in terms of spending cuts.
President Joe Biden acknowledged that the debt ceiling agreement represents a compromise, implying that it won’t satisfy everyone’s desires entirely. To pass the legislation and avert a potential government default on U.S. debts by the projected June 5 deadline, support from both parties will be necessary. However, it’s worth noting that certain prominent Republicans, such as Rep. Lauren Boebert, have already committed to voting against the agreement.
Republicans also refused to listen to Trump when he was unsuccessful in persuading GOP-controlled lawmakers in the Texas House to prevent the impeachment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is considered an ally of the former president.
Prior to the vote on Saturday, Donald Trump hastily defended Ken Paxton and issued a warning to lawmakers, indicating that they would face severe consequences if they proceeded with the impeachment of Paxton.
Despite Donald Trump’s warning, the Texas House went ahead and impeached Ken Paxton on 20 articles, which included charges of bribery and abuse of public trust. The impeachment was approved in a vote of 121-23, leading to Paxton’s immediate suspension from office while awaiting trial in the state Senate.
It’s clear that Republicans aren’t listening to Trump and this could spell a very bad outcome in the 2024 elections where everything is one the line once again.