1.  few months ago, Donald Trump was one of the most powerful people on the planet.

But today, he’s not only lost the presidency – but his stranglehold on his own party is also slipping fast.

  1. And while the 74-year-old might boast about triumphantly making a comeback in 2024, a nightmare scenario is on the cards that would see him become all but irrelevant as he simultaneously faces potentially crushing legal battles.

That’s according to US political commentator and author Spencer Critchley, who told news.com.au that while Donald Trump was still the de facto leader of the Republican Party with the backing of diehard MAGA fanatics, those days are numbered.

  • Mr Critchley, a former communications consultant for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns and the author of Patriot’s of Two Nation’s why Trump Was Inevitable and what Happens Next, said both Mr Trump and his party were headed for a stunning collapse” in the wake of the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

“It has been described as the Republican party engaging in a murder sucide pact because they are attempting to murder American democracy while attempting political suicide,” he said.

“Not since the Civil War has a major political party suffered such a complete moral collapse … our elected officials collaborated in an insurrection and attempted to overthrow democracy, and our own president attempted to overthrow democracy, and came close to succeeding.

Not only did (some Republicans) collaborate with him in his attempt, since then they’ve helped him get away with it by refusing to vote for impeachment in the Senate.”

Mr Critchley said many Republicans were still refusing to accept the election was legitimately won by Joe Biden following Mr Trump’s repeated, baseless allegations the presidency was “stolen” from him due to widespread voter fraud.

“The Republican Party has become a pariah organisation because it has stepped outside the bounds of our civil society, and they seem to think they will get away with it,” he said.

However, he said while it was “alarming that tens of millions of Americans still think this is OK”, they are a “shrinking minority”.

“The party is shedding members at a rapid rate while Joe Biden is enjoying a very, very high approval rating for a new president,” he said, adding that the Republican Party seemed to have lost its “ideological centre” of late with the powers that be primarily concerned with power over policy.

“The fact that (Trump) does appear to remain their leader is the clearest sign yet that the party has completely collapsed morally,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s personal support also seems to be waning.

Mr Critchley explained that while a highly publicised straw poll of Republican supporters at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference saw 55 per cent name Mr Trump as their preferred next presidential nominee, it was actually a “weak result”.

“The CPAC poll would have been disappointing to Trump because it represents the hardest of hardcore Trump supporters … so 55 per cent is really a weak result,” he said.

“I think he will remain as de facto leader until he suffers a defeat so convincing they give up on him, not because they suddenly discover a conscience but because they will abandon ship.

“It’s scary he has as much political strength as he has, but it is declining, and history shows things do not work out well for demagogues – they seem unbeatable until they collapse.

“He is headed for a terrible collapse and so is the party that’s sticking to him – it’s stunning to watch.”

But Mr Critchley said the father-of-five was facing an even bigger crisis than a loss of popularity.

“Trump’s biggest threat when it comes to running in 2024 is he is facing a very long list of criminal charges, so he will undoubtedly be very busy in court,” he said.

“It’s all catching up with the Trumps, and that’s their number one stumbling block to push now”.


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