Steve Laffey, once a hopeful contender for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, has decided to withdraw from the race. His exit comes amid struggles with low name recognition and fundraising issues.
However, Laffey's departure is not just a personal decision; it's a statement on the current state of the Republican Party.
"The GOP is Dead"
In a candid interview with ABC News, Laffey expressed his disillusionment with the Republican Party.
"I don't have an avenue to tell people with a straight face, 'It's now October -- how do I take off and take New Hampshire and keep going?' But at the same time, I'm telling people the GOP is dead," he said. This sentiment has led him to plan his registration as an Independent, distancing himself from the party he once hoped to lead.
Adding fuel to the fire, Laffey also shared his views on former President Donald Trump. He believes that Trump should be in jail and described him as "an authoritarian figure who's getting stronger."
This stance further alienates him from a significant portion of the GOP base, which remains loyal to Trump.
While Laffey's political future remains uncertain, his exit from the GOP presidential race and his plan to register as an Independent mark a significant moment.
It reflects not just on him but also on the internal struggles and ideological rifts within the Republican Party.