Former President Donald Trump is expected to address some of his supporters near Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday as he continues to dominate the Republican primary race for the White House despite four criminal charges against him.
ByADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Associated Press
October 11, 2023, 3:23 p.m.
MIAMI– Former President Donald Trump is expected to address some of his supporters near Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday as he continues to dominate the Republican primary race for the White House despite four criminal charges against him.
Trump appears Wednesday at a convention center in West Palm Beach, Fla., with U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a congressional ally who along with other far-right conservatives engineered the ouster of the House speaker, Kevin McCarthy. This unprecedented action kept Congress partially closed.
Trump has used the power vacuum to highlight his continuing influence over the Republican Party. He supported Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan to replace McCarthy. Jordan formed a close alliance with the former president, particularly during efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which Trump lost to President Joe Biden. Two of the cases against Trump, in Washington and Georgia, concern his efforts to overturn the results.
Trump continued to travel to early primary states and spent much of his time focusing on the four criminal charges and several civil cases he faces.
He has been pressuring his Republican challengers to drop out of the 2024 primary race to help him defeat Biden. On Tuesday, he criticized Republican candidates for meeting with donors at an event hosted by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who unsuccessfully challenged then-President Barack Obama in 2012 as a candidate Republican for president, and Paul Ryan, a former congressman who was speaker of the House. between 2015 and 2019.
“These failed candidates should have started campaigning effectively, which they failed to do because they lack the skills and talent,” Trump said on his Truth Social website.
Those 10 Republicans challenging him include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, once a strong ally; Mike Pence, his former vice-president; and Nikki Haley, who served as United Nations ambassador under Trump.