In response to a series of questions this past Monday coming from reporters concerning whether or not they would officially endorse former President Donald Trump (R) for president again, U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) stated that currently, the leader of the Republican party is wholeheartedly Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R).
Lummis issued these statements while addressing the recent underperformance of the Republican Party with the midterm elections this past week and the still-to-be-determined U.S. Senate runoff race in Georgia between Herschel Walker (R) and Raphael Warnock (D).
Burgess Everett, a reporter for Politico, questioned Lummis about if she would step up and endorse Trump for another stint in the office prior to his expected announcement regarding his possible run for the 2024 presidential race.
“I don’t think that’s the right question. The question is: who is the current leader of the Republican Party? Oh, I know who it is: Ron DeSantis,” shot back Lummis. “Ron DeSantis is the leader of the Republican Party, whether he wants to be or not.”
Another reporter also issued a quote from Lummis when she stated, “In my opinion, the current leader of the Republican Party is Ron DeSantis.”
A number of other Republican senators have issued their own comments in the past few days, including one from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who was questioned this past weekend about whether or not Trump should “remain the leader of the Republican Party.”
“When the party — when any party is out of power, as Republicans are now, we don’t have a single leader,” expressed Cotton. “The former president is obviously very popular with many of our voters. But we also have important other leaders as well, like some of those victors I just mentioned earlier, like Brian Kemp in Georgia, Ron DeSantis in Florida.”
“Last year, you had Glenn Youngkin have a great victory in a bluish Democratic state like Virginia,” he concluded. “I hope to remain a leader in the United States Senate as well, in addition to people like some of those I just mentioned who were re-elected, like Tim Scott. So, when you’re in opposition, you don’t have a single leader. That won’t be the case until we’re through the ’24 nominating season, and we have — we have a new nominee.”