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27 Dec, 7 tweets, 2 min read
Former President Trump's 2020 fixation is putting him at odds with some of his biggest fans.

@akarl_smith reports: nbcnews.to/3eJxT5b
In interviews with more than a dozen local GOP officials in four key presidential battlegrounds, most indicated that they had moved on from the arguments about 2020, a notable shift from some of the most forceful Trump defenders through his first year out of office.
The desire to put last year’s election on the back burner indicates that among at least some Republicans, new issues have begun to take precedence.
Republicans have ramped up attacks on President Biden and other Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterms, particularly around rising prices, the chaotic U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, vaccination mandates and education.
“There's been this uprising to say Biden's policies are failing us so miserably,” says Michele Woodhouse, who is running for a U.S. House seat in North Carolina’s newly drawn 14th District.

“And it's been a very issue-driven enthusiasm. I really think the issues are driving it.”
“So we still have a few that are still upset” over the 2020 vote, says local GOP Chair Sammy Baker in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

“But for the most part, we’re turning the corner.”
The local Republican officials who were interviewed were split between those who think Trump is best positioned to advance the party and those who were more drawn to Gov. DeSantis, former VP Pence and others.

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