Former White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney predicted on Wednesday that Donald Trump would not win the presidency again in 2024.
Trump could become the GOP nominee if there’s a crowded primary field, Mulvaney told CNN’s Kasie Hunt. But the former president will ultimately lose the general election “because he is making it a referendum on himself”.
“It’s not Donald Trump versus Joe Biden or anyone. It’s not Republican versus Democrat,” said Mulvaney, who as Trump’s acting chief of staff admitted to the then-president’s attempted quid pro quo with Ukraine.
“It’s Donald Trump against Donald Trump and one of the people who can beat Donald Trump is Donald Trump. That’s exactly what happened in 2020,” he continued.
“A bunch of people could beat” Trump in a head-to-head primary contest, like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.), Mulvaney said.
But Trump would emerge victorious if it were a wider field, he said.
When asked if potential GOP presidential candidates should “check their egos” to narrow the field to prevent Trump from winning the nomination, Mulvaney advised them not to define themselves in relation to Trump.
He, however, refused to endorse the hopeful rumors, saying he was friends with them.
Watch the interview here:
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