Former Democratic Party leader Howard Dean said he hopes Donald Trump is the Republican nominee within the 2024 election, arguing that the previous president’s brand is “in bad shape” amongst individuals who aren’t directly in his base and that he’ll be more more likely to lose than one other GOP candidate.
“He’s incredibly divisive, he exhausts people, he’s in deep criminal trouble, and it’s going to take a protracted time apparently before that gets sorted out,” Dean told MSNBC’s Ari Melber on Wednesday.
Trump has teased a 3rd run for president on multiple occasions but has yet to substantiate his position.
Dean’s comments got here during a discussion on “Hillbilly Elegy” creator J.D. Vance’s victory in Ohio’s Republican Senate primary and the way Trump-backed candidates will perform within the 2022 midterms.
Dean dismissed Vance — who has transformed from a self-confessed “Never Trumper” into one in every of the previous president’s staunchest defenders — as “a second-rate author” and “a huckster.”
He likened Vance to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), describing them each by saying: “A whole lot of B.S., not much loyalty to america of America, slick.”
Watch Dean’s comments in full here: