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What is Trump’s path back to power?

This is a digital-only ThinkIn. There’s rarely a second act in US politics – but if Trump taught us anything it’s that you can’t rely on convention. Biden’s plummeting approval ratings and rumours of frustrations between the West Wing and the Vice President Kamala Harris are a gift to the Trump camp. Rising gas prices and inflation are creating the perfect storm for political discontent, and Trump’s supporters are mobilising. If Trump does make a successful return to frontline politics, this time around things might be different. He has four years of experience, and greater familiarity with how the mechanisms of government work. Join us for a ThinkIn where we explore the realities of Trump’s return: can he do it? editor and invited experts Emily Benn Editor Geraldo Cadava Historian and Professor of history and Latina and Latino studies at Northwestern University Greg Swenson Chair of Republicans Overseas and Founding Partner Brigg Macadam Noah Millman Political columnist at The Week, film and theater critic at Modern Age, and writer and editor of Gideon’s Substack Sarah Baxter US Journalist and former deputy editor of the Sunday Times

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The Attack: How secure is American democracy?

This is a digital-only ThinkIn.Join us for a special ThinkIn, in partnership with The Washington Post, almost 11 months after the storming of the Capitol. Together with their senior team, we will look back and forward to explore the red flags missed; the consequences of Trump’s inaction and the fallout which is reshaping American democracy. Unavoidably, it will also be a conversation about Biden’s prospects, in anticipation of the midterms in 2022 and what looks to be a likely loss of control from the Democrats on Capitol Hill. editor and invited experts David TaylorEditor Aaron DavisInvestigative reporter at The Washington Post Amy GardnerNational political reporter at The Washington Post Philip RuckerSenior Washington Correspondent at The Washington Post Rosalind HeldermanPolitical enterprise and investigations reporter at The Washington Post

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Class, sexism and surviving Trump’s White House: A ThinkIn with Fiona Hill

This is a digital-only ThinkIn.Fiona Hill emerged as a feminist hero as a witness in the impeachment of President Trump. Her grace under pressure won her millions of admirers – and her broad North-East accent alerted the world to her journey from County Durham poverty to the centre of Washington power. Her story is about Trump and Putin, but mostly it is about class, social mobility, sexism, the rise of populism –  in the UK, US and Russia – and what to do about it. Join us for a vital conversation. editor David TaylorEditor and reporter

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What is America for now?

This is a digital only ThinkIn. President Biden’s response to the resurgence of the Taliban following the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has left many people wondering what happened to America’s role as the international community’s moral authority. Still raw from four years of the Trump administration, American society remains deeply divided, economically, racially and ideologically. Many American people and institutions are confronting painful truths, being forced to let go of old beliefs and values that have sustained them for decades. As American politicians confront the unedifying reality of balancing domestic public opinion against long-term geopolitical implications and an immediate humanitarian crisis, what is the point of America now? Can the American people, and the nation as a whole, come to terms with its various crises and begin to work towards redemption, and renewal?  Pre-order Anne Marie-Slaughter’s book, Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics.   editor and invited experts David TaylorEditor & Partner, Tortoise Alec RossAmerican technology policy expert who was Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the duration of her term as Secretary of State Anne-Marie Slaughter The first woman to serve as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State under the Obama administration and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She is professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University

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Banning Trump: did Facebook call it right?

“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”Donald Trump Well, he’s back. The man who tried to stage a coup to stay in power, who peddled a great lie denying the result of the last presidential election, is running for the White House again. But does Donald Trump have what it takes to stage a comeback? And has at least some of the magic, the shock value, the undeniable Trump magnetism gone?  There are so many questions after his announcement. But the big ones go something like this: Will any Republican rival have the courage to take him on? If they do, can they stop him? And if Trump wins the Republican nomination, what happens next?  Will it be a rematch with Joe Biden in the race for the White House, or will a new Democratic challenger emerge in 2024? *** We’ll look at all of those questions in a moment, but first, let’s try to understand what happened this week at the launch of Trump’s 2024 bid. It started with a musical statement… Song: Do You Hear the People Sing?Les Miserables Yes, the event in the ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago home opened with a call to revolution, as the arrival of Trump was heralded by a call to arms from Les Mis. It was the running theme of his speech – the idea that he was at the spearhead of a movement fighting to save the nation. “This is not a task for a politician or a conventional candidate. This is a task for a great movement.”Donald Trump Trump arrived on a stage decorated with 15 giant American flags and sounded pretty low energy as he painted a picture of the glorious America he had left behind… “We turned the page on decades of globalist sellouts, one-sided trade deals, lifted millions out of poverty and together we built the greatest economy in the history of the world.” Donald Trump And using language which felt like he was turning the clock back to 2016 and his “American Carnage” inauguration speech, Trump described the US today in hellish terms… “The blood soaked streets of our once great cities are cesspools of violent crime”Donald Trump But language that was so shocking and impactful in 2016 all felt like a bit of a ’heard-it-all-before’ retread six years down the line. Even the loyalists in the Mar-a-Lago ballroom were starting to talk amongst themselves as his rambling speech went past the hour mark. *** There is no doubt that Trump still has the unbending loyalty of millions of his followers.  “We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump!”Supporters at a pro-Trump rally But the hardcore Trump base was not enough to deliver a win in 2020 when Joe Biden beat him by seven million votes.  And as this month’s midterm elections showed, a lot of voters have been highly motivated to go out and vote for Democratic candidates after the Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion rights by overturning Roe v Wade. Many Republicans and their backers are openly talking of moving on.  “I would like to see the party move forward. I think any time you are focused on the future, you can’t so much go to the past.”Mike Lawler, Republican They might like many of Trump’s policies, but the chaos, the drama and the division, they can do without. Big donors reacted to the announcement with public declarations that they were not backing Trump for the 2024 presidential race. Stephen Schwarzman — chairman, CEO and co-founder of the private-equity giant Blackstone — released a statement saying: “It is time for the Republican Party to turn to a new generation of leaders and I intend to support one of them in the presidential primaries.” Trump will also have to run this time without his daughter Ivanka, who has said she is out of politics. And he has lost the support of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire – The New York Post has already left him behind ridiculing him  as “Trumpty Dumpty”and hailed the surging Florida governor Ron DeSantis as “DeFuture”. So which Republicans might have the courage to take on Trump? Ron DeSantis can see the recent polls that show he would beat Trump convincingly in the early contests of the primaries in 2024, when Republican supporters start to choose their preferred candidate. “We fight the woke in the legislator, we fight the woke in the schools…”Ron DeSantis And there are many other hopefuls who will be under close scrutiny this weekend when they go to Las Vegas to meet big donors from the Republican Jewish Coalition. Trump’s vice president Mike Pence will be there, and old allies including Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo, along with old rival Ted Cruz and new faces like DeSantis and the Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin. Some commentators think Trump has declared his intention to run so early in the hope of bullying some of them out of the picture… “There’ll be five or six other people in the race and he’ll get the 35% that really support him. And under the winner take all primary system, he’ll be the nominee.”WSVN News Channel But it could actually suit him to face a large field of rivals – if the anti-Trump vote gets split, it will become easier to win the early contests of the Republican primaries – something that helped him get momentum back in 2016 when he was the political outsider. As for the Democrats – Biden has beaten him before. The party might see him as the safest bet, but he turns 80 next week and may yet step aside. Some in the Democratic party would prefer to take a risk on a new generation candidate like Pete Buttigieg (BOOT-edge-edge) or Kamala (comm-ela) Harris. Meanwhile, Trump still faces multiple investigations, including a potential indictment by the Justice Department on charges of mishandling classified information. It’s a wildly unpredictable scene. And as the past few years reminds us, in Trump World anything can happen at any time. This episode was written by David Taylor and mixed by Hannah Varral.

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Goodbye Donald: end of an era, or start of the sequel?

“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”Donald Trump Well, he’s back. The man who tried to stage a coup to stay in power, who peddled a great lie denying the result of the last presidential election, is running for the White House again. But does Donald Trump have what it takes to stage a comeback? And has at least some of the magic, the shock value, the undeniable Trump magnetism gone?  There are so many questions after his announcement. But the big ones go something like this: Will any Republican rival have the courage to take him on? If they do, can they stop him? And if Trump wins the Republican nomination, what happens next?  Will it be a rematch with Joe Biden in the race for the White House, or will a new Democratic challenger emerge in 2024? *** We’ll look at all of those questions in a moment, but first, let’s try to understand what happened this week at the launch of Trump’s 2024 bid. It started with a musical statement… Song: Do You Hear the People Sing?Les Miserables Yes, the event in the ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago home opened with a call to revolution, as the arrival of Trump was heralded by a call to arms from Les Mis. It was the running theme of his speech – the idea that he was at the spearhead of a movement fighting to save the nation. “This is not a task for a politician or a conventional candidate. This is a task for a great movement.”Donald Trump Trump arrived on a stage decorated with 15 giant American flags and sounded pretty low energy as he painted a picture of the glorious America he had left behind… “We turned the page on decades of globalist sellouts, one-sided trade deals, lifted millions out of poverty and together we built the greatest economy in the history of the world.” Donald Trump And using language which felt like he was turning the clock back to 2016 and his “American Carnage” inauguration speech, Trump described the US today in hellish terms… “The blood soaked streets of our once great cities are cesspools of violent crime”Donald Trump But language that was so shocking and impactful in 2016 all felt like a bit of a ’heard-it-all-before’ retread six years down the line. Even the loyalists in the Mar-a-Lago ballroom were starting to talk amongst themselves as his rambling speech went past the hour mark. *** There is no doubt that Trump still has the unbending loyalty of millions of his followers.  “We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump!”Supporters at a pro-Trump rally But the hardcore Trump base was not enough to deliver a win in 2020 when Joe Biden beat him by seven million votes.  And as this month’s midterm elections showed, a lot of voters have been highly motivated to go out and vote for Democratic candidates after the Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion rights by overturning Roe v Wade. Many Republicans and their backers are openly talking of moving on.  “I would like to see the party move forward. I think any time you are focused on the future, you can’t so much go to the past.”Mike Lawler, Republican They might like many of Trump’s policies, but the chaos, the drama and the division, they can do without. Big donors reacted to the announcement with public declarations that they were not backing Trump for the 2024 presidential race. Stephen Schwarzman — chairman, CEO and co-founder of the private-equity giant Blackstone — released a statement saying: “It is time for the Republican Party to turn to a new generation of leaders and I intend to support one of them in the presidential primaries.” Trump will also have to run this time without his daughter Ivanka, who has said she is out of politics. And he has lost the support of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire – The New York Post has already left him behind ridiculing him  as “Trumpty Dumpty”and hailed the surging Florida governor Ron DeSantis as “DeFuture”. So which Republicans might have the courage to take on Trump? Ron DeSantis can see the recent polls that show he would beat Trump convincingly in the early contests of the primaries in 2024, when Republican supporters start to choose their preferred candidate. “We fight the woke in the legislator, we fight the woke in the schools…”Ron DeSantis And there are many other hopefuls who will be under close scrutiny this weekend when they go to Las Vegas to meet big donors from the Republican Jewish Coalition. Trump’s vice president Mike Pence will be there, and old allies including Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo, along with old rival Ted Cruz and new faces like DeSantis and the Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin. Some commentators think Trump has declared his intention to run so early in the hope of bullying some of them out of the picture… “There’ll be five or six other people in the race and he’ll get the 35% that really support him. And under the winner take all primary system, he’ll be the nominee.”WSVN News Channel But it could actually suit him to face a large field of rivals – if the anti-Trump vote gets split, it will become easier to win the early contests of the Republican primaries – something that helped him get momentum back in 2016 when he was the political outsider. As for the Democrats – Biden has beaten him before. The party might see him as the safest bet, but he turns 80 next week and may yet step aside. Some in the Democratic party would prefer to take a risk on a new generation candidate like Pete Buttigieg (BOOT-edge-edge) or Kamala (comm-ela) Harris. Meanwhile, Trump still faces multiple investigations, including a potential indictment by the Justice Department on charges of mishandling classified information. It’s a wildly unpredictable scene. And as the past few years reminds us, in Trump World anything can happen at any time. This episode was written by David Taylor and mixed by Hannah Varral.

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US Election: The Result – what now?

“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”Donald Trump Well, he’s back. The man who tried to stage a coup to stay in power, who peddled a great lie denying the result of the last presidential election, is running for the White House again. But does Donald Trump have what it takes to stage a comeback? And has at least some of the magic, the shock value, the undeniable Trump magnetism gone?  There are so many questions after his announcement. But the big ones go something like this: Will any Republican rival have the courage to take him on? If they do, can they stop him? And if Trump wins the Republican nomination, what happens next?  Will it be a rematch with Joe Biden in the race for the White House, or will a new Democratic challenger emerge in 2024? *** We’ll look at all of those questions in a moment, but first, let’s try to understand what happened this week at the launch of Trump’s 2024 bid. It started with a musical statement… Song: Do You Hear the People Sing?Les Miserables Yes, the event in the ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago home opened with a call to revolution, as the arrival of Trump was heralded by a call to arms from Les Mis. It was the running theme of his speech – the idea that he was at the spearhead of a movement fighting to save the nation. “This is not a task for a politician or a conventional candidate. This is a task for a great movement.”Donald Trump Trump arrived on a stage decorated with 15 giant American flags and sounded pretty low energy as he painted a picture of the glorious America he had left behind… “We turned the page on decades of globalist sellouts, one-sided trade deals, lifted millions out of poverty and together we built the greatest economy in the history of the world.” Donald Trump And using language which felt like he was turning the clock back to 2016 and his “American Carnage” inauguration speech, Trump described the US today in hellish terms… “The blood soaked streets of our once great cities are cesspools of violent crime”Donald Trump But language that was so shocking and impactful in 2016 all felt like a bit of a ’heard-it-all-before’ retread six years down the line. Even the loyalists in the Mar-a-Lago ballroom were starting to talk amongst themselves as his rambling speech went past the hour mark. *** There is no doubt that Trump still has the unbending loyalty of millions of his followers.  “We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump!”Supporters at a pro-Trump rally But the hardcore Trump base was not enough to deliver a win in 2020 when Joe Biden beat him by seven million votes.  And as this month’s midterm elections showed, a lot of voters have been highly motivated to go out and vote for Democratic candidates after the Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion rights by overturning Roe v Wade. Many Republicans and their backers are openly talking of moving on.  “I would like to see the party move forward. I think any time you are focused on the future, you can’t so much go to the past.”Mike Lawler, Republican They might like many of Trump’s policies, but the chaos, the drama and the division, they can do without. Big donors reacted to the announcement with public declarations that they were not backing Trump for the 2024 presidential race. Stephen Schwarzman — chairman, CEO and co-founder of the private-equity giant Blackstone — released a statement saying: “It is time for the Republican Party to turn to a new generation of leaders and I intend to support one of them in the presidential primaries.” Trump will also have to run this time without his daughter Ivanka, who has said she is out of politics. And he has lost the support of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire – The New York Post has already left him behind ridiculing him  as “Trumpty Dumpty”and hailed the surging Florida governor Ron DeSantis as “DeFuture”. So which Republicans might have the courage to take on Trump? Ron DeSantis can see the recent polls that show he would beat Trump convincingly in the early contests of the primaries in 2024, when Republican supporters start to choose their preferred candidate. “We fight the woke in the legislator, we fight the woke in the schools…”Ron DeSantis And there are many other hopefuls who will be under close scrutiny this weekend when they go to Las Vegas to meet big donors from the Republican Jewish Coalition. Trump’s vice president Mike Pence will be there, and old allies including Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo, along with old rival Ted Cruz and new faces like DeSantis and the Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin. Some commentators think Trump has declared his intention to run so early in the hope of bullying some of them out of the picture… “There’ll be five or six other people in the race and he’ll get the 35% that really support him. And under the winner take all primary system, he’ll be the nominee.”WSVN News Channel But it could actually suit him to face a large field of rivals – if the anti-Trump vote gets split, it will become easier to win the early contests of the Republican primaries – something that helped him get momentum back in 2016 when he was the political outsider. As for the Democrats – Biden has beaten him before. The party might see him as the safest bet, but he turns 80 next week and may yet step aside. Some in the Democratic party would prefer to take a risk on a new generation candidate like Pete Buttigieg (BOOT-edge-edge) or Kamala (comm-ela) Harris. Meanwhile, Trump still faces multiple investigations, including a potential indictment by the Justice Department on charges of mishandling classified information. It’s a wildly unpredictable scene. And as the past few years reminds us, in Trump World anything can happen at any time. This episode was written by David Taylor and mixed by Hannah Varral.

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In conversation with P.J. O’Rourke on the state of the United States

“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”Donald Trump Well, he’s back. The man who tried to stage a coup to stay in power, who peddled a great lie denying the result of the last presidential election, is running for the White House again. But does Donald Trump have what it takes to stage a comeback? And has at least some of the magic, the shock value, the undeniable Trump magnetism gone?  There are so many questions after his announcement. But the big ones go something like this: Will any Republican rival have the courage to take him on? If they do, can they stop him? And if Trump wins the Republican nomination, what happens next?  Will it be a rematch with Joe Biden in the race for the White House, or will a new Democratic challenger emerge in 2024? *** We’ll look at all of those questions in a moment, but first, let’s try to understand what happened this week at the launch of Trump’s 2024 bid. It started with a musical statement… Song: Do You Hear the People Sing?Les Miserables Yes, the event in the ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago home opened with a call to revolution, as the arrival of Trump was heralded by a call to arms from Les Mis. It was the running theme of his speech – the idea that he was at the spearhead of a movement fighting to save the nation. “This is not a task for a politician or a conventional candidate. This is a task for a great movement.”Donald Trump Trump arrived on a stage decorated with 15 giant American flags and sounded pretty low energy as he painted a picture of the glorious America he had left behind… “We turned the page on decades of globalist sellouts, one-sided trade deals, lifted millions out of poverty and together we built the greatest economy in the history of the world.” Donald Trump And using language which felt like he was turning the clock back to 2016 and his “American Carnage” inauguration speech, Trump described the US today in hellish terms… “The blood soaked streets of our once great cities are cesspools of violent crime”Donald Trump But language that was so shocking and impactful in 2016 all felt like a bit of a ’heard-it-all-before’ retread six years down the line. Even the loyalists in the Mar-a-Lago ballroom were starting to talk amongst themselves as his rambling speech went past the hour mark. *** There is no doubt that Trump still has the unbending loyalty of millions of his followers.  “We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump!”Supporters at a pro-Trump rally But the hardcore Trump base was not enough to deliver a win in 2020 when Joe Biden beat him by seven million votes.  And as this month’s midterm elections showed, a lot of voters have been highly motivated to go out and vote for Democratic candidates after the Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion rights by overturning Roe v Wade. Many Republicans and their backers are openly talking of moving on.  “I would like to see the party move forward. I think any time you are focused on the future, you can’t so much go to the past.”Mike Lawler, Republican They might like many of Trump’s policies, but the chaos, the drama and the division, they can do without. Big donors reacted to the announcement with public declarations that they were not backing Trump for the 2024 presidential race. Stephen Schwarzman — chairman, CEO and co-founder of the private-equity giant Blackstone — released a statement saying: “It is time for the Republican Party to turn to a new generation of leaders and I intend to support one of them in the presidential primaries.” Trump will also have to run this time without his daughter Ivanka, who has said she is out of politics. And he has lost the support of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire – The New York Post has already left him behind ridiculing him  as “Trumpty Dumpty”and hailed the surging Florida governor Ron DeSantis as “DeFuture”. So which Republicans might have the courage to take on Trump? Ron DeSantis can see the recent polls that show he would beat Trump convincingly in the early contests of the primaries in 2024, when Republican supporters start to choose their preferred candidate. “We fight the woke in the legislator, we fight the woke in the schools…”Ron DeSantis And there are many other hopefuls who will be under close scrutiny this weekend when they go to Las Vegas to meet big donors from the Republican Jewish Coalition. Trump’s vice president Mike Pence will be there, and old allies including Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo, along with old rival Ted Cruz and new faces like DeSantis and the Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin. Some commentators think Trump has declared his intention to run so early in the hope of bullying some of them out of the picture… “There’ll be five or six other people in the race and he’ll get the 35% that really support him. And under the winner take all primary system, he’ll be the nominee.”WSVN News Channel But it could actually suit him to face a large field of rivals – if the anti-Trump vote gets split, it will become easier to win the early contests of the Republican primaries – something that helped him get momentum back in 2016 when he was the political outsider. As for the Democrats – Biden has beaten him before. The party might see him as the safest bet, but he turns 80 next week and may yet step aside. Some in the Democratic party would prefer to take a risk on a new generation candidate like Pete Buttigieg (BOOT-edge-edge) or Kamala (comm-ela) Harris. Meanwhile, Trump still faces multiple investigations, including a potential indictment by the Justice Department on charges of mishandling classified information. It’s a wildly unpredictable scene. And as the past few years reminds us, in Trump World anything can happen at any time. This episode was written by David Taylor and mixed by Hannah Varral.

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Sensemaker Live: What does Biden mean for Brexit?

“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”Donald Trump Well, he’s back. The man who tried to stage a coup to stay in power, who peddled a great lie denying the result of the last presidential election, is running for the White House again. But does Donald Trump have what it takes to stage a comeback? And has at least some of the magic, the shock value, the undeniable Trump magnetism gone?  There are so many questions after his announcement. But the big ones go something like this: Will any Republican rival have the courage to take him on? If they do, can they stop him? And if Trump wins the Republican nomination, what happens next?  Will it be a rematch with Joe Biden in the race for the White House, or will a new Democratic challenger emerge in 2024? *** We’ll look at all of those questions in a moment, but first, let’s try to understand what happened this week at the launch of Trump’s 2024 bid. It started with a musical statement… Song: Do You Hear the People Sing?Les Miserables Yes, the event in the ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago home opened with a call to revolution, as the arrival of Trump was heralded by a call to arms from Les Mis. It was the running theme of his speech – the idea that he was at the spearhead of a movement fighting to save the nation. “This is not a task for a politician or a conventional candidate. This is a task for a great movement.”Donald Trump Trump arrived on a stage decorated with 15 giant American flags and sounded pretty low energy as he painted a picture of the glorious America he had left behind… “We turned the page on decades of globalist sellouts, one-sided trade deals, lifted millions out of poverty and together we built the greatest economy in the history of the world.” Donald Trump And using language which felt like he was turning the clock back to 2016 and his “American Carnage” inauguration speech, Trump described the US today in hellish terms… “The blood soaked streets of our once great cities are cesspools of violent crime”Donald Trump But language that was so shocking and impactful in 2016 all felt like a bit of a ’heard-it-all-before’ retread six years down the line. Even the loyalists in the Mar-a-Lago ballroom were starting to talk amongst themselves as his rambling speech went past the hour mark. *** There is no doubt that Trump still has the unbending loyalty of millions of his followers.  “We want Trump! We want Trump! We want Trump!”Supporters at a pro-Trump rally But the hardcore Trump base was not enough to deliver a win in 2020 when Joe Biden beat him by seven million votes.  And as this month’s midterm elections showed, a lot of voters have been highly motivated to go out and vote for Democratic candidates after the Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion rights by overturning Roe v Wade. Many Republicans and their backers are openly talking of moving on.  “I would like to see the party move forward. I think any time you are focused on the future, you can’t so much go to the past.”Mike Lawler, Republican They might like many of Trump’s policies, but the chaos, the drama and the division, they can do without. Big donors reacted to the announcement with public declarations that they were not backing Trump for the 2024 presidential race. Stephen Schwarzman — chairman, CEO and co-founder of the private-equity giant Blackstone — released a statement saying: “It is time for the Republican Party to turn to a new generation of leaders and I intend to support one of them in the presidential primaries.” Trump will also have to run this time without his daughter Ivanka, who has said she is out of politics. And he has lost the support of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire – The New York Post has already left him behind ridiculing him  as “Trumpty Dumpty”and hailed the surging Florida governor Ron DeSantis as “DeFuture”. So which Republicans might have the courage to take on Trump? Ron DeSantis can see the recent polls that show he would beat Trump convincingly in the early contests of the primaries in 2024, when Republican supporters start to choose their preferred candidate. “We fight the woke in the legislator, we fight the woke in the schools…”Ron DeSantis And there are many other hopefuls who will be under close scrutiny this weekend when they go to Las Vegas to meet big donors from the Republican Jewish Coalition. Trump’s vice president Mike Pence will be there, and old allies including Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo, along with old rival Ted Cruz and new faces like DeSantis and the Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin. Some commentators think Trump has declared his intention to run so early in the hope of bullying some of them out of the picture… “There’ll be five or six other people in the race and he’ll get the 35% that really support him. And under the winner take all primary system, he’ll be the nominee.”WSVN News Channel But it could actually suit him to face a large field of rivals – if the anti-Trump vote gets split, it will become easier to win the early contests of the Republican primaries – something that helped him get momentum back in 2016 when he was the political outsider. As for the Democrats – Biden has beaten him before. The party might see him as the safest bet, but he turns 80 next week and may yet step aside. Some in the Democratic party would prefer to take a risk on a new generation candidate like Pete Buttigieg (BOOT-edge-edge) or Kamala (comm-ela) Harris. Meanwhile, Trump still faces multiple investigations, including a potential indictment by the Justice Department on charges of mishandling classified information. It’s a wildly unpredictable scene. And as the past few years reminds us, in Trump World anything can happen at any time. This episode was written by David Taylor and mixed by Hannah Varral.