Report: Trump Is Not Reacting Well to GOP Pleas for Him to Stay Away From the Georgia Runoff – Vanity Fair

As you’ve probably heard by now, Donald Trump’s stranglehold on the Republican Party is currently on life support in the wake of the midterm elections, during which his endorsement became the kiss of death in a number of key races. As a result, many Republicans want him to stay as far away from the state of Georgia as possible until after the runoff between Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock, lest his stench push voters to cast their ballots for the incumbent Democrat, who won his runoff in the state against the Trump-backed Kelly Loeffler in January 2021. And we’ll give you one guess as to how he’s coping with the rejection.

Rolling Stone reports that the ex-president, who has become radioactive within the GOP over the last two weeks, is extremely “pissed” that “virtually no one of importance” in the party wants him to campaign for Walker, whom he endorsed for Senate more than a year ago. And it’s not just Never Trumpers or people like Mitch McConnell who want him to stay away. According to reporters Asawin Suebsaeng and Nikki McCann Ramirez, people who are on good terms with Trump have “implored him not to hold a Georgia rally ahead of the runoff.” Elsewhere, a Republican aide told The Hill, “Hopefully Trump will stay out of the race as much as he possibly can,” noting that “if you talk to Georgia election strategists, they believe Trump was a huge drag on Walker in suburban Atlanta, and there’s just no reason to risk repeating that.” Republican voters have voiced similar concerns to The Washington Post, with one telling the publication that she hopes Trump does not try to campaign with Walker, explaining, “I don’t think he would be helpful.… As a Republican, I hope he doesn’t come because I don’t think he’s a positive influence right now.” As a Georgia Republican strategist bluntly told the Post just after the midterms: “Past evidence is we lose elections recently where Trump gets involved in our state.” He added that “it would be a disaster” if Trump heavily campaigned for Walker in the runoff.

Even if the ex-president follows the advice he’s getting from basically all corners of the Republican world and refrains from traveling to Georgia before the December 6 contest, many within the GOP are already annoyed with him for kicking off his third run for office before the Walker-Warnock race was decided. Prior to Trump making the Mar-a-Lago announcement—and, in the eyes of some, making the runoff a referendum on him—adviser Jason Miller told Newsmax that he was urging Trump to “hold off until after the Georgia race.” Mike Biundo, a senior adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign, similarly told Fox News: “I believe Donald Trump should wait to make an announcement about 2024 until after the Georgia runoff. Right now Walker’s campaign needs to be the priority and focus for our party.” New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu, who is no fan of the ex-president—and easily won reelection in his state, while the Trump-backed Don Bolduc lost his race to be the next senator from New Hampshire by a whopping 9.2 points—told Fox the announcement was “a terrible idea” and that whoever was telling Trump to move forward with it “should be fired.” Jason Shepherd, the former chair of Georgia’s Cobb County Republican Party, told Politico last week that Trump’s pre-runoff candidacy announcement was going to “hurt Walker’s chances.”

Reportedly also enraging Trump is the notion that while Republicans do not want him anywhere near the state of Georgia, they may be rolling out the welcome wagon for possible 2024 competition Ron DeSantis.

Per Rolling Stone:

Trump has…suggested to those close to him that he’ll react poorly if Florida gov. Ron DeSantis—a potential 2024 rival—campaigns in Georgia while the Republican Party holds its once-undisputed leader at arm’s length…People who’ve recently spoken to Trump fear that if DeSantis were to announce a Georgia event, it would guarantee that Trump would also head to the state.

In other Georgia runoff news, it appears that while the GOP really wants Herschel “I want to be a werewolf” Walker to win, it doesn’t actually want to give him any of its money:

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