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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has essentially pronounced Donald Trump’s political career is over.
The Kentucky Republican, who has seen his relationship with the former president nosedive in recent years, said on Tuesday he believes it’s “highly unlikely” that the 45th president will become the 47th president just a few weeks after Trump formally declared his candidacy for the 2024 GOP nomination.
The Daily Caller noted: “Trump has come under scrutiny after white nationalist Nick Fuentes and Kanye West, formally known as ‘Ye,’ joined the 45th president for a dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Trump has denied having prior knowledge that Fuentes would be joining and claimed he didn’t know who Fuentes was.”
“There is no room in the Republican Party for anti-Semitism or white supremacy. And anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view, in my judgment, are highly unlikely to ever be elected president of the United States,” McConnell said, the outlet reported.
McConnell: "There is no room in the Republican Party for anti-Semitism or white supremacy And anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view in my judgment are highly unlikely to ever be elected president of the United States.” pic.twitter.com/73gfsKjn8j
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 29, 2022
A number of other Republicans have also spoken out against Trump after he met with Fuentes. His former vice president, Mike Pence, said that it “was wrong to give a white nationalist, an antisemite, and a Holocaust denier a seat at the table.”
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tweeted Saturday that “this is just awful, unacceptable conduct from anyone, but most particularly from a former President and current candidate.”
On Sunday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said during an interview on CNN that he hopes “we won’t have to be responding to what former President Donald Trump has said or done.”
Trump has already picked up his first major endorsement: Veterans For America First has announced it is supporting Trump to become the 47th president.
“Veterans For America First (Veterans For Trump) is proud to announce our endorsement of the greatest President in history: Donald J. Trump for our 47th president,” the organization said in a statement. “President Trump has been most supportive of our Veterans, Military, and First Responder community.
The group continued to praise Trump on its website.
“Over the years, there’s been a bit of confusion over our names: Veterans For America First, Veterans For Trump. The history is significant. Veterans instinctively knew that Trump was their man,” the group noted.
“Many such groups formed back in 2016 and all supported the campaign with critical help. Often it was veterans who do not fear the sound of gunfire that provided campaign events with needed security. One of the things we accomplished in 2016 was coordinating the Veteran Outreach, as you see in the image below where General Flynn and Candidate Trump are addressing the veteran community in Virginia Beach,” the group continued.
“Admiral Kubic, our current national spokesman, played a significant role in leadership and is credited by Steve Bannon and Cory Lewandowski as being there from the beginning,” the group noted further. “The two leaders who emerged out of all this were Joshua Macias and Vlad Lemets. They’re the co-founders of this entity. Each is a true hero in his own right.
It added: “Funny thing is, here in 2022, it appears the names are important again. So, do let me assure you as one who was there, the following is completely true: Veterans For America First is 100% = to Veterans For Trump. As has always been the case, veterans have the view of America’s soul, it’s [sic] destiny and future, as no others.”
Trump declared his candidacy on Nov. 15 during a speech at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
“America’s comeback starts right now,” Trump said to a room full of supporters. “Unlike other presidents, I kept my promises.”
“The world was at peace, America was prospering, and our country was on track for an amazing future— because I made big promises to the American People and, unlike other Presidents, I kept my promises,” he said. “Under our leadership, we were a great and glorious nation, something you haven’t heard for quite a long period of time. We were a strong nation, and importantly we were a free nation. Now, we are a nation in decline. We are a failing nation.”
Trump added: “I am tonight again announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.”