While the 2023 calendar year nears an end, the election results of November 7th of this year are still relatively “fresh” on the minds of many politically informed and engaged voters throughout the United States. Since the 2016 election and Donald Trump’s unlikely victory in the presidential contest, Republicans have fared poorly in nearly every subsequent election cycle. In 2018, the party was trounced in the federal midterms and lost control of the house of representatives by a massive margin. In 2020, Trump lost re-election becoming one of the very few incumbent presidents not to earn a second term and Democrats seized narrow control of the senate, earning a massive “trifecta” in terms of control of the federal executive branch and the two vital houses of congress. In 2022, during a cycle that was expected to be favorable to Republicans, Democrats outperformed their opponents, losing a small number of seats in the house of representatives and taking a clearer control of the federal senate.
Many establishment level Republicans and media pundits across the country have deemed the former president Donald Trump as a “toxic” political figure and a detriment to the party. While Trump undoubtedly has galvanized working class voters and helped realign many former white Democrats with the GOP, he has alienated affluent voters, independents across the board, and women. Many of his current opponents in the 2024 Republican presidential primary (including Chris Christie) have called him an unelectable candidate.
Trump remains a polarizing figure and has been attacked on a regular basis by the media, Democrats, and his own party. He currently faces four criminal indictments and is still largely viewed in an unfavorable light by most Americans. Despite this, he continues to dominate in Republican primary polls and holds a commanding lead over his many challengers. In the face of all adversity, he remains active. Recently, Trump endured a family loss when his sister Maryanne passed away.