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Republican Presidential Primary Contender Booed Off Stage After Taking Swipe At Trump

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OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


If someone wants to defeat former President Donald Trump to become the Republican presidential nominee attacking him is likely not the wisest tactic.

That strategy has worked in other campaigns against other candidates, but Trump is an anomaly who holds tremendous popularity in the Republican Party.

But Will Hurd, a former Congressman who does not have a ton of name recognition, thought that was what he should do when he spoke to a crowd in Iowa this week.

Hurd was appearing at the 2023 Lincoln Dinner hosted by the Republican Party of Iowa Des Moines alongside many other GOP contenders, including Trump, though the former president was not on stage at the time.

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The crowd got the rowdiest when Hurd declared that the only reason Trump’s running for president is to stay out of jail, with some in the crowd yelling at him to “Go home!” and calling him a “loser.”

He said, per Mediaite:

And the reason Donald Trump lost the election in 2020 is he failed to grow the GOP brand in areas like women with a college degree in the suburbs, Black and brown communities and people under the age of 35. We need leaders who did like your governor Reynolds, who went to places that people didn’t expect. And that’s how y’all turned red. If we. One of the things we need in our elected leaders for them to tell the truth, even if it’s unpopular. Donald Trump is not running for president to Make America Great Again. Donald Trump is not running for president to represent the people that voted for him in 2016 and 2020. Donald Trump is running to stay out of prison.

And if we elect (JEERS – GO HOME!) I know. I know. I know. I know. I know. Listen, I know the truth. The truth is hard. But if we elect Donald Trump, we are willingly giving Joe Biden four more years in the White House. And America can’t handle that. God bless you, and God bless America.

And it comes as the former president continues to distance himself from the Republican pack.

A new report notes that the campaign of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, once hailed as the one 2024 GOP presidential contender who had a shot at beating former President Donald Trump, has gotten another round of bad news.

“Last year, after midterm elections in which many candidates backed by Donald Trump lost while Gov. Ron DeSantis enjoyed a comfortable re-election victory, the Murdoch media empire — which includes Fox News, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, and other outlets — began to favor DeSantis and oppose Trump,” the site 1945 noted, adding that the Murdoch family has now begun to sour on the Republican governor as he campaign stalls and lays off personnel.

“The conservative media kingmakers’ preferred candidate to knock off Donald Trump is not meeting expectations, and the family’s patriarch is getting tired of waiting,” Rolling Stone reported, citing several alleged sources within the Murdoch world of companies.

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The magazine’s report reveals that Rupert Murdoch has been involved in discussions expressing concerns about DeSantis, especially after the Florida governor declared his official entry into the presidential race. Murdoch specifically pointed out DeSantis’ “awkward” public demeanor and his thus far unsuccessful “attempts to connect with the American voter.”

“[Rupert’s] understandable worry is that we may end up being stuck with Trump anyway,” a Fox News source reportedly told Rolling Stone. “And DeSantis is underperforming. Anybody can see that…[and the Murdochs], they’re seeing it, too.”

The magazine further stated that the change in sentiment towards DeSantis is now starting to manifest in the coverage of the GOP primary campaigns within Murdoch’s media enterprises.

“Ron DeSantis was built up as the Trump-slayer. So if he’s not immediately leading Trump in the polls, it’s easy to see how that can easily be spun as a let-down,” Doug Heye, a former communications director at the Republican National Committee, told Rolling Stone.

“There are a lot of people who are trying to write the obituary of a well-funded and popular figure in the party before the debates have even started. Ron was the designated dragon-slayer — and because he hasn’t slayed the dragon before the debates have begun, he’s being portrayed as a failure. And I think it’s too early for that,” Heye added.

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