Fox News political analyst Brit Hume, who said earlier this week that “Donald Trump’s star has faded,” criticized the former president on Wednesday for announcing his 2024 candidacy so early. (Watch the video below.)
“I don’t know what the strategy is here, or if there is one,” Hume said.
Anchor Bret Baier noted that even Trump administration alumni were turning away from him. (Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, among other ex-loyalists, is weighing his own presidential bid.)
This prompted Hume to note that Trump’s popularity has “waned.” Given his supposedly diminished status, Hume said Trump would fare better against a crowded GOP primary field, rather than one or two high profile foes. But his early statement, made on Tuesday about two years before the 2024 general election, will likely reduce the competition.
“I guess the hope is that there will be a split field, and even with a minority, a plurality of Republicans, he could win the nomination,” Hume said. “I don’t see how such an early announcement, however, helps that, because I think one thing an early announcement by one of the high dukes of a party tends to do is prevent other people to participate in the race.”
“What he needs is a lot of people in the race.” said Hume.
The poor midterm performance of Trump-backed candidates, many of whom promoted his bogus 2020 voter fraud allegations, has damaged Trump’s command of the party.
Wednesday’s confirmation that the GOP is taking over the House with a narrow majority brightened the mood for Republicans. But Hume didn’t seem so optimistic about Trump 2024.