China News Service, February 7 (CBS) reported that people familiar with the matter revealed that the influential political group network "American Prosperity" (AFP) funded by conservative billionaire Koch (Charles Koch) Plans to oppose former President Trump's bid for the 2024 presidential election and will actively seek a replacement during the Republican primary.
Image source: Screenshot of CNN report.
The person in the picture is Koch.
A senior staff member of "American Prosperity" said that it is time to "turn the page (Trump)" when talking about the political landscape in 2024.
"The best thing that can happen to this country is to have a president in 2025 who represents a new chapter," Emily Seidel, CEO of American Prosperity, wrote in a letter to supporters and donors.
American Prosperity has sat on the sidelines for the past few Republican presidential campaign cycles, but the group now joins a growing conservative camp in a public effort to oppose Trump's 2024 candidacy, according to reports.
Several of the Republican Party's biggest individual donors, such as financial titans Kenneth C. Griffin and Stephen A. Schwarzman, have also voiced opposition to Trump's current campaign, but others are holding back for now. With reservations.
On November 15, 2022 local time, former U.S. President Trump delivered a speech at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, officially announcing his participation in the 2024 U.S. presidential election
The report pointed out that the Koch Group, also one of the major donors of the Republican Party, re-intervened in the presidential primary election, posing a direct challenge to Trump's comeback.
American Prosperity's three-page open letter repeatedly suggested that the group was taking responsibility for stopping Trump.
"Many are depressed. Few have the power to do something about it. American prosperity can. Now is the time to stand up," Seidl wrote.
During his White House tenure, Trump has frequently sparred with the Koch Group, which has sharply criticized his administration's trade and hard-line immigration policies, according to CNN.
And several Republicans considering running in 2024 have longstanding ties to the Koch Group, including former Vice President Mike Pence.
Marc Short, Pence's former chief of staff and longtime aide, was in charge of the Koch network's political operations.
CBS pointed out that after the midterm elections, some Republicans became increasingly disappointed with Trump.
Trump has been accused of pushing a flawed candidate and exacerbating divisions within the party.
But without a unified effort to stop Trump, many critics fear he will repeat his 2016 strategy of exploiting Republican divisions to craft a path to the nomination.
While the American Prosperity memo did not list a spending target, its super PAC spent more than $69 million in the 2022 midterm elections, according to FEC disclosures.
The American Prosperity memo also said the group "intends to engage earlier and more actively in the congressional primaries and to engage more voters in the primary process."