In a surprising announcement, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise has endorsed former President Donald Trump’s bid for the 2024 presidential election. Scalise expressed his belief that Trump is the most qualified candidate for the job and emphasized his eagerness to collaborate with the former president and a Republican-controlled House and Senate to advocate for struggling families burdened by what he perceives as President Biden’s failed policies.
This endorsement adds to the growing list of high-profile Republicans who have thrown their support behind Trump. Trump has received endorsements from seven governors, 18 Republican senators, and over 90 House Republicans. The extent of this support demonstrates the significant influence that Trump still wields within the Republican Party.
Notably, Tucker Carlson, co-founder of the Daily Caller, recently declared himself an “active Trump supporter” following the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound in August 2022. This event seems to have solidified Carlson’s loyalty to the former president.
Regarding public opinion, Trump maintains a lead over his primary opponents in national polling. Moreover, numerous polls indicate that Trump would outperform Biden in a general election. A poll conducted on Monday revealed that Trump is preferred over Biden among Hispanic voters by a margin of 5 points. This lead is significant because Democrats traditionally secure substantial support from this crucial voting bloc.
As the 2024 presidential race takes shape, it is evident that Trump is still a formidable force within the Republican Party. With the backing of prominent figures like Scalise and the continued support of grassroots Republicans, Trump’s influence and prospects for a successful bid for the presidency remain substantial.
With the Iowa caucuses just days away, the campaign has initiated a new strategy, urging team leaders to focus on a unique task: bringing ten individuals who have never been involved to the caucuses. They’ve pinpointed hundreds of thousands of potential supporters in Iowa who match this criterion, primarily those who back Trump.
This tactic is part of a broader plan for the general election, aiming to erode the Biden coalition and attract traditionally Democratic voters.
Simultaneously, Trump’s rivals in the race are actively working to convince Iowa voters that the competition is still wide open.