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Trump Leads Biden But This Might Hurt Him

Trump has shown hesitancy in mending ties with certain adversaries from his past primary contests. Despite joining forces on the campaign trail with former rivals like Vivek Ramaswamy, Tim Scott, and Doug Burgum, he has notably refrained from reaching out to staunch critics such as Nikki Haley, the ex-UN ambassador, and Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida. This lack of personal outreach was confirmed by sources close to the situation.

Mike Pence, Trump’s vice president in 2016, recently declared he would not endorse Trump, criticizing his deviation from the conservative principles that marked their administration. Responses from Trump’s camp to these developments were not forthcoming when sought.

Henry Barbour, a Republican National Committee member and Trump critic, suggested that Trump should proactively contact Haley and DeSantis, emphasizing the need for collaboration. However, Barbour also humorously noted that Trump might only need minimal effort, likened to a simple golf swing, to succeed in the upcoming election.

The general anticipation among Republican insiders is that Trump is unlikely to soften his typically blunt rhetoric for the general election campaign. His resistance to moderating his tone has been a consistent feature of his political style, one that has been both a strength and a liability in previous elections.

Republican media strategist Scott Jennings advises that Trump should aim to win over disenchanted working-class Democrats rather than attempt to soften his image for suburban voters who are likely already alienated by his past actions and statements. Jennings argues that for Trump, authenticity and embracing his core persona may be more advantageous than trying to reinvent or moderate his public image, especially given President Biden’s current unpopularity.

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