Trump And McConnell’s Absence Leaves GOP Fearful

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( – The GOP is currently facing a leadership vacuum as former President Trump is facing a number of legal troubles and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has taken an extended absence from the Capitol following his recent accident. This has led to the Republican party struggling to find the path that it is going to follow in the 2024 election.

Republican lawmakers are widely divided on who the best option for the 2024 GOP primary is, with the two top contenders potentially being Trump or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. There are also questions about whether the Congress center of power is McConnell or Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in a recent statement claimed that currently, the party’s future is “a jump ball right now.” The GOP is currently trying to find what its identity is going to be following the shift in its direction during the Trump era. Many in the GOP are also divided on key issues, including the entitlement programs and the national security policy to be followed.

Many Senate Republicans also want to see the party move beyond Trump and consider all of the drama to be bringing down the party. Trump on the other hand still holds a fairly influential position in the House, which became clear after House Republicans criticized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) last week because of his investigation into Trump.

GOP senators have also acknowledged that Trump is still popular with party voters despite his legal troubles.  

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