Donald Trump’s call for supporters to “protest” is a “strategic” play ahead of a potential run for the White House in 2024, multiple Republican insiders have claimed. The 45th President took to his social media platform Truth Social to urge supporters to “protest” after alleging technical issues had impacted voters in Arizona and other key midterm races. His announcement came after officials in the Grand Canyon State reported voting machine malfunctions in about a fifth of Maricopa County’s polling locations.
Writing on Truth Social, Mr Trump claimed: “Maricopa County in Arizona looks like a complete voter integrity disaster.”
The ex-POTUS added: “The absentee ballot situation in Detroit is really bad.
“People are showing up to vote only to be told, ‘sorry, you have already voted’.
“This is happening in large numbers, elsewhere as well. Protest, protest, protest!”
However, a GOP fundraiser claimed Mr Trump’s social media posts were a “strategic” play.
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Noelle Nikpour told Express.co.uk: “I think he’s setting up the stage for whatever he’s getting ready to do. He’s very strategic. He’s building his case.”
She added: “Most of his supporters are election deniers.”
Former Air Force veteran and Majority Senate leader in Minnesota Amy Koch warned that such language could lead to someone getting hurt.
The GOP strategist said: “It’s all about keeping his hand in for 2024.
“But a mistake if he suppresses Republican turnout or worse, someone gets hurt.”
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However, a GOP strategist has suggested that a Republican victory will not inevitably lead to Mr Trump becoming the nominee in 2024.
Republicans Overseas UK chair Greg Swenson told Express.co.uk: “Of course, he will gain from the big wave – look at how it was when he was in office and look at it now- no brainer- Biden and the Democrats have tried to ruin the country.
“But he can’t take credit for the wave. Any number of Republican candidates could win.
“Obviously, Ron DeSantis is crushing it, and he has to run.
“We’re a long way from 2024 – Trump is looking good but that could change.”