It already doesn’t matter if he goes bankrupt (again) or to jail
American right-wing voters are so over Trump. Reportedly, they are thankful for what he accomplished (and blind to what he ruined), but they are done with the persona, name-calling, belligerence, rudeness, and lies.
Of course, the Donald could try to push a Trump puppet, like his daughter, to establish a Trump dynasty after all, but Republicans are ready to restore the GOP as a party of (fake) respectability, reasonableness, and freedom.
Many say that Trump clearly, on his own, ruined their almost sure midterm elections win. He pushed unworthy Trump cronies who had no chance just because they were supposedly in his pocket. He killed a red wave.
This loss was not just from voters going against archaic abortion bans, voter intimidation, gerrymandering, rising racism and Antisemitism, and the failed insurrection from Trump’s hand. It was clear he only had one program, to control the party, courts, and country, and become King.
Not only rarely does a sitting president’s party keep the Senate; it did so under increasing job losses, inflation, rising gas prices, falling salaries, and economic uncertainty—which are normally the main voter motivations.
Republicans had been wearying of rejecting Trump because any dissent would cost them dearly. Now that the bully has lost the popular vote twice in a row, it’s clear the emperor is naked, has no power, and is just talk.
The Republican elites are sick of the unpredictability, the amateurism, the anti-republican talk, and the uncouthness. Its base is getting there too.
Trump won’t back down as long as he lives. When the GOP doesn’t choose him, he’ll start his independent 2024 bid, posturing as convinced he’ll win, only to split the right-wing vote, handing the Democrats another landslide.