40+ GOP Congress Members Balk At Backing Trump

Politico reports:

Donald Trump is gaining strength in 2024 primary polls. The same can’t exactly be said about his standing among Capitol Hill conservatives. Just ask James Lankford, the Oklahoma Republican who openly admits that the former president’s third bid for the White House is evenly cleaving the party in his blood-red state. Lankford is staying neutral in his state, where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) bested Trump in the 2016 primary.

Interviews with more than 40 congressional Republicans — including 32 Freedom Caucus members — show a surprising number of Trump’s once-ardent supporters going quiet about whether they back him, despite new polling that shows him widening his primary lead. The small share of conservatives willing to endorse Trump right now suggests that the former president’s power base in the Hill GOP is at a nadir.

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