Mr Biden’s victory in the US election has left the Republican Party divided as President Trump makes baseless accusations of voter fraud. Mr Trump has claimed that the election was “stolen” from him, but many in his own party are condemning the President’s falsehoods. Senator Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, criticised Mr Trump for claiming the election was being stolen. He said: “Doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world… and recklessly inflames destructive and dangerous passions.”
Mr Romney also congratulated Mr Trump’s rival Joe Biden on his presidential win yesterday, tweeting: “Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead.”
The division in the party has sparked speculation over potential replacements.
However, one of Mr Trump’s former advisors had indicated that the New York tycoon is already preparing for 2024.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said this week: “I would absolutely expect the President to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024.”
Donald Trump Jr lashed out at leading Republican Party figures in the aftermath of his father’s defeat, accusing prospective presidential candidates of a “total lack of action”.
He tweeted: “The total lack of action from virtually all of the ‘2024 GOP hopefuls’ is pretty amazing.
“They have a perfect platform to show that they’re willing & able to fight but they will cower to the media mob instead.
“Don’t worry @RealDonaldTrump will fight & they can watch as usual!”
Don Jr has himself been named as a potential 2024 candidate, although Professor Stephen Burman tells Express.co.uk that the party may go for a more moderate and traditional politician.
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“Oprah Winfrey’s on the one side and Tucker Carlson’s on the other. The world has changed in that respect but it’s impossible to predict.
“There are no longer those barriers. Reagan was a celebrity politician, but he had to be governor of California first.
“You don’t have to do that anymore. Politics has changed. It is a real phenomenon.”