Trump May Declare “Civil War” With GOP

( In an op-ed at, writer Harrison Kass suggests that a feud over former President Donald Trump could cause a split in the Republican Party leading to a Democrat victory in 2024.

Kass contends that rising animosity between the pro- and anti-Trump factions of the GOP threatens to disrupt party unity “at a time when national parties typically want to congeal around a consistent theme, message, and especially, candidate.”

Hass notes that with Trump no longer looking like a lock on the 2024 nomination, many in the party want to move on from him, adding that it is “the pragmatic thing to do.”

His fear, however, is that the “fervently loyal MAGA base” is holding onto Trump, which Hass describes as “their demagogue.”

Hass concludes that the battle between the “fervently loyal” Trump base and the rest of the Republican Party “may resemble something like a civil war,” causing an internal conflict that divides the Republicans and hands the Democrats an easy win in 2024.

This may be overstating things.

The primaries are still over a year away. It isn’t until the party nominates its candidate that the unity behind one consistent message and candidate is needed. And we have to get through the primaries first. To expect unity behind one candidate before a single Republican voter casts a vote in a primary election is a bit premature.

The primary season is when each viable candidate gets the chance to hone his message and test his campaign while making the case to primary voters. It is never a time for every Republican to sing from the same hymnal.

Congealing behind one candidate can wait until the Republican candidates can take their case to the voters in the primary season. Once a nominee is chosen, the Republicans can and should “congeal” around one message and candidate.

The primary season is precisely where the pro- and anti-Trump factions can make their case to Republican voters, the very voters who will ultimately decide if they want to stick with Trump or choose someone else as their nominee.

Besides, the number of “fervently loyal” Trump supporters has been shrinking over the last two years to the point where recent polling shows that the vast majority of Republicans want a candidate who supports the Trump agenda without being Donald Trump.

It could be that the “civil war” Hass fears may have already played out and Trump lost.