On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," reporter Kristen Holmes detailed how former President Donald Trump and his inner circle are beginning to worry that Republicans will finally turn the page on him and move on.
This comes one night after Trump's hand-picked candidate for Senate in Georgia, retired NFL star Herschel Walker, lost to Democratic Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock after a scandal-plagued candidacy that saw many suburban Republicans simply stay home.
"This is a huge day to see what Trump will do and what those around him are thinking," said anchor Erin Burnett. "Just how worried is Team Trump now, after the Walker loss?"
"The aides, advisers and allies that I've talked to are deeply concerned," said Holmes. "They had hoped for a Walker win, obviously. But Walker wasn't just endorsed by Trump. He was heavily recruited by Trump. Trump is the one who actually pushed him forward. And they had hoped that if he won, this would stop these calls for new Republican leadership, particularly after so many of Trump's picks failed in the midterms. And they also hoped that it would breathe some sort of new life and energy into what has really been a lackluster launch of a 2024 campaign. And now they are fearful that it's going to do just the opposite because of this loss, that it's actually going to boost the demand for people to challenge Trump in 2024."
"Their fears are not unfounded," continued Holmes. "I want to read to you what one person who is close to Trump told us. They basically said that Trump's losing scorecard is what has solidified their decision to support someone else. He said, 'Donald's got his problems right now, and they are so numerous that I don't think he can win, and I want to back a winner.' There are a lot of friends of mine who don't want Trump at the top of the ticket because they feel like it's a killer. Now, this is all coming on the heels of what has been a really bad three weeks for the former president. And we're told it's not lost on him. He has been at Mar-a-Lago, he is stewing. He is calling allies, he is calling advisers. He is talking about those verdicts in New York."
"One thing I want to point out, because I spoke to a number of Republican advisers who said this time and time again," added Holmes. "They are not sure that this is the end of Donald Trump. Even if it feels that way, they believe there is still a big portion of the base that will support him, and they are very careful not to write him off just yet."
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