Former Georgia Lt. Gov Geoff Duncan says he hopes the Atlanta-based indictment of former President Donald Trump is a “pivot point” for the Republican Party, arguing in an op-ed that Mr. Trump is a political loser and the bill is “coming due” for his GOP loyalists.
Mr. Duncan, writing in The Washington Post, said that under Mr. Trump’s “self-centered stewardship,” the GOP squandered the House in 2018, the White House in 2020 and the Senate in 2021, which included two winnable seats in Georgia.
“Once the bedrock of winning GOP coalitions, suburban voters abandoned our party,” Mr. Duncan, a Republican, wrote two days after a Fulton County grand jury charged Mr. Trump with a sweeping conspiracy to reverse Georgia’s 2020 election results. “Count me skeptical that 91 felony charges are going to win those voters back. Yet Trump enjoys a nearly 40-point lead over the Republican primary field.”
“Republicans face the real possibility of losing another election to President Biden,” Mr. Duncan said.
He said a Trump-led ticket won’t be able to overcome Mr. Biden’s weaknesses, including his advanced age, questions about foreign business deals by his son, Hunter, and the “president’s extended beach vacation while Maui, Hawaii, burned.”