While polls show a softening of support for Trump, his supporters in South Carolina include prominent names like Gov. Henry McMaster and
Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Steven Cheung, the campaign’s communications director, said the South Carolina appearance and other planned events “will show there is significant support behind him.”
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Trump must also try to answer Republicans who say he can’t win a general election and that the party should try to move past him.
Many Republicans blame Trump for the party’s disappointing performance in last year’s elections.
The GOP won the House by less than 10 seats, and Trump-backed candidates lost potentially winnable Senate races in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, costing Republicans control of the Senate.
There have been other struggles. Shortly after his announcement, Trump found himself under fire for hosting a dinner that included
antisemites and white nationalists.
A USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll last month showed a drop in Republican support for the former Republican president.
“By 2-1, GOP and GOP-leaning voters now say they want Trump’s policies but a different standard-bearer to carry them,” USA TODAY reported. “While 31% want the former president to run, 61% prefer some other Republican nominee who would continue the policies Trump has pursued.”
Poll position: Trump in trouble: Republican support for his 2024 bid falls amid political, legal setbacks
Targeting the prosecutors
Opponents also point out that Trump may become the first major presidential candidate in history to campaign
while under indictment.
Trump has spent months attacking prosecutors as politically biased.