Every day the media pundits line up to tell us that Donald Trump has an iron clad grip on the Republican Party voting base. In fact I just heard that line repeated on MSNBC a few minutes ago, during one of the network’s legendary “lamenting” sessions.
Yet multiple major polls now show that the majority of Republican voters don’t want Donald Trump to be the 2024 Republican nominee for President. The Pew poll says just 44% of Republicans want Trump in 2024. This early in the 2024 conversation, with his massive name recognition and recent incumbency advantage, and a relative lack of any other Republicans having emerged in the 2024 field, Trump should be polling at 80% to 90% among Republicans. Instead, a majority of them are simply hoping for “Brand B.”
So while Trump still has influence over what goes on in the Republican Party, it couldn’t be more clear that he’s fading out of 2024 contention – even within the Republican primary conversation. Yet as Trump continues to fade, pundit after pundit steps up to insist ever more loudly that Trump is a lock for the 2024 Republican nomination. It’s hyperbolic fiction, but it certainly scares people into staying tuned in – or at least the pundits think it does. If we change our viewing habits to penalize TV networks when they push this nonsense, they’ll have to stop doing it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report