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The GOP Doesn’t Need Trump to Win

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Not all Republicans are Trumpists and not all Democrats are socialists. These are two uncomfortable truths. In fact, many want to shut up those who say them on both sides of the political spectrum.

I have to be honest: I am not a fan of Donald Trump. I don’t agree with the way he does politics and I think he did enormous damage to American democracy and to the Republican Party when he refused to accept the results of the last election. I hold him accountable for what happened on January 6 on Capitol Hill and I hope he is not a candidate again.

We should be optimistic about what happened in Virginia after the triumph of Glenn Youngkin, a candidate who distanced himself from former President Trump and who managed to win on the basis of a sufficiently attractive policy proposal in the face of the chaos of the Biden administration.

“Republicans won in some places because Democrats failed to deliver,” Joy Behar said yesterday on The View. No, Joy, the thing is, there’s no delivery worth a damn when what you’re going to deliver to the country is a mess.

A few weeks ago, it was reported that only 44% of Republicans want Trump to be the nominee in 2024, according to a Pew Research Center poll. The rest of the party (66%) is divided between those who want to allow the former president to remain a relevant figure —but not a candidate— and those who would prefer to do without him completely.

Leaving Trump behind is indispensable. Fresh leadership must emerge to challenge and prevail over harmful Trumpism.

At El American, we encourage diversity of opinions and debate on such transcendental issues as this one, which is why many of my fellow editors think in a diametrically opposite way to me and I am sure they will say so soon in this same space.

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