In the Republican presidential primary, Trump maintains an upper 40-point lead over his nearest challenger, Ron DeSantis, and Republican voters remain staunchly loyal to the former president. Despite this, opponents continue to allege that Trump can be beaten, and as time continues to dwindle with little change in voter opinion, become more and more desperate for media attention. While critics of Trump say (with validity) that he is vulnerable in a general election due to his unpopularity among moderates, most polls showcasing a 2024 rematch between Trump and Biden present a very close race.
In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Trump was questioned on the issue of transgenderism. Instead of displaying his usual bravado and firebrand style of discourse, he struggled mightily. Kelly asked if a male could become a female. Trump, clearly caught off guard by the question, answered with a laugh, and a hesitation, beginning his verbal response with the sound “umm”. He then proceeded to say that a biological male is unable to give birth and used that as a way to indirectly answer the question. In response, Republican rival Ron DeSantis criticized Trump without naming him specifically, giving clear and concise answers to the question and attacking woke ideology and the transgender movement. Trump also spoke about being against hormonal therapy and transgender surgical procedures for children.
Trump continues to remain the Republican frontrunner for the presidential nomination as the 2024 contest nears ever closer. With less than a year to go before the election, many progressive activists and political enemies of Trump continue to try anything to stop him from returning to the White House. In a recent lawsuit in Colorado, activists have tried to use the 14th amendment to disqualify Trump from running for president again and seek to remove him from the ballot. This has backfired, as Trump has only used it to help fundraise for his campaign and motivate his loyal base.