Are Utah Republicans ready for the party to move on from Trump?

People prepare to embark on a "Trump train" in St. George, Utah, Nov. 1, 2020 | Photo by Hollie Stark, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — Republicans in Utah might be ready for the party to move on from former President Donald Trump.

On Monday, 86 elected officials in Utah signed on to a letter urging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to open an exploratory committee to consider running for president in 2024. Although the letter didn’t mention the former president by name, it appears to be a rebuke of the Trump wing of the party after several pundits have blamed Trump in part for the GOP’s disappointing showing nationally in the midterm elections.

Trump is expected to announce a 2024 bid this month, perhaps as early as Tuesday night when he says he has a “big” announcement planned.

“Our nation stands at a crossroads,” Utah state Sens. Dan McCay, Todd Weiler and Mike McKell said in a joint statement. “We recognize the need for a strong leader to guide and direct our nation, someone with a proven track record, strong conservative foundation, and who understands the operations of state government. We need a leader who will strengthen and unify the nation. Gov. Ron DeSantis serves his country and state well and skillfully navigated the many challenges Florida faced during his first term.”

Read the full story here: KSL News.



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