Dozens of Ex-Trump Officials Secretly Discussing How to Ruin His Clout With GOP - Reports

© AP Photo / Ross D. FranklinFILE - In this July 24, 2021, file photo, former President Donald Trump points to supporters after speaking at a Turning Point Action gathering, in Phoenix
FILE - In this July 24, 2021, file photo, former President Donald Trump points to supporters after speaking at a Turning Point Action gathering, in Phoenix - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.01.2022
Ex-President Donald Trump made it clear that he is determined to do his best so as to secure the best possible outcome for Republicans at the 2022 midterm elections, but has refused, so far, to give a clear answer whether he will run in 2024. For now, he continues to endorse candidates by using the election fraud card.
Former officials who worked in the Trump administration have met to discuss how they could reduce his influence in the Republican party ahead of the upcoming midterm and presidential elections, CNN reported Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by “around three dozen” officials, including former White House chief of staff and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, who reportedly noted that the group hasn’t decided whether to support certain candidates.
Among other attendees named were Trump’s communications directors Alyssa Farah Griffin and Anthony Scaramucci, former Homeland Security and counterterrorism adviser to Vice President Pence Olivia Troye, former Department of Homeland Security official Elizabeth Neumann, and former Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chris Krebs.
Griffin, now a CNN commentator, was slammed by the ex-POTUS after she claimed that Trump knew he lost the 2020 election. She also called on other Republicans with “governing experience,” such as Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley, Tom Cotton, Tim Scott, Chris Sununu, and Larry Hogan, to challenge Trump in the upcoming elections.
In this file photo taken on December 05, 2020 US President Donald Trump holds up his fists at the end of a rally to support Republican Senate candidates at Valdosta Regional Airport in Valdosta, Georgia. - Sputnik International, 1920, 27.09.2021
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The group has no name, membership, and the attendants reportedly have not yet formulated an articulate plan, but among the mentioned ideas were "shining a light on Trump's corporate contributors” and “targeting for defeat in the primary or general election each individual Trump has endorsed for state and local races.”

Were still trying to figure out what it is that we want to do, one participant reportedly told CNN. Outcomes are key.

So far, the participants of the meeting agreed that their actions should go beyond that of a “professional trolling operation” with “ads like the Lincoln group.”

“We all agreed passionately that letters and statements don't mean anything,” said Miles Taylor, the ex-chief of staff in the DHS and a Trump critic, who wrote an op-ed and book titled “Anonymous,” which Trump dubbed treason. The two operative words are electoral effects. How can we have tangible electoral effects against the extremist candidates that have been endorsed by Trump?

The problem, according to the members of the group, is that candidates, endorsed and supported by Trump, continue to spread “his lies that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.”
Troye told the Daily Mail that the meeting was a “preliminary discussion,” and they plan to convene again soon.

We are very concerned about the ongoing trends we are seeing by some of the more extremists following in Trump’s rhetoric and footsteps," she said. It’s bigger than just Trump.

With the midterm elections getting closer and closer, tensions in the Republican ranks have increased, as not all high-ranking GOP officials and lawmakers have unconditionally supported Trump in his voter fraud claims and conservative rhetoric.
The major dilemma was also caused by the fact that the former president is still seen by the majority of Republicans as the most popular candidate in the 2024 presidential election, leading DeSantis by 43 percent. He has supported around 20 incumbent re-election bids, according to Axios.
In this Oct. 9, 2016, file photo Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.01.2022
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At the same time, Trump’s claims were said to harm Republicans, as his harsh rhetoric has already cost Republican Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue their seats in the Senate in 2020.
Among those who have recently been blasted by Trump, is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who hasn’t ruled out running in 2024, and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who refused to support Trump’s election fraud claims and who now faces other Trump-backed GOP candidates in the gubernatorial race, and former US Senator David Perdue.
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