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House Republicans representing districts that voted for President Biden in the 2020 presidential election are largely silent on the question of whether they would welcome former President Donald Trump’s support, and if they would offer their support to him if he were to run for president again in 2024.
Fox News Digital reached out to each of these ten Republicans, asking them if they wanted, or sought, Trump’s approval, and if they would support him if he were to seek another presidential term in the 2024 election, as he has indicated.
Only one responded through a statement from his office with what appears to be a clear intent to prevent Trump.
“Rep. Bacon is not seeking President Trump’s approval and is not looking forward to 2024 at this time, but is focusing on 2022 and taking back control of the House,” the Rep.’S statement said. Don Bacon, R-Neb., Read.
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The nine Republicans who did not respond included Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Calif., Rep. Young Kim, R-Calif., Rep. Michelle Steel, R-Calif., Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., Rep. Yvette Herrell, RN.M., Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.
Meijer and Valadao were two of the ten Republicans who voted for Trump’s impeachment of the Jan. 6 storming the American Capitol last year.
Fox News Digital also reached out to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for comment on the Republican group’s lack of response. Spokesman Chris Taylor responded by accusing her of trying to escape from the party’s “MAGA agenda.”
“Republicans like Don Bacon will try to run away from their party’s extremist MAGA agenda as chickens. They are fully aware of their extremist agenda that gets in the way of our children and elders, weakens the power of our vote, and her decades-long plot to deprive a woman of the right to make decisions about her own body is a no-brainer in suburban swing districts, “Taylor said.
With Republicans appearing almost certain to take back the House of Representatives in this year’s midterm elections, seeing historic trends and the sharp fall in Biden’s approval rating, those representing these swing districts seem openly aware that it path to the majority could be ruined if their races again became a repeat of 2020.
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Republicans currently have 210 seats out of the 218 needed for a majority. Democrats currently have 220.
Trump has already made a swath of recommendations in primary races across the country, but with mixed results. Although his undersigned candidates maintained a high winning percentage, many of them ran in undisputed as non-competitive races.
A number of the candidates he supported lost more high-profile races in South Carolina and Georgia, with the latter seeing a clean sweep of losses in May’s primaries and Tuesday’s runoff elections.
Trump has seen success with other high-profile notes, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee for the Senate in Pennsylvania, and Katie Britt, the Republican nominee for the Senate in Alabama.
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Other Republicans have also avoided seeking Trump’s approval, including Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is up for re-election this year. DeSantis is considered a possible Trump rival for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, but has not yet said when he will run.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.