Former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney predicted Wednesday that Donald Trump will not win the presidency again in 2024.
Trump could become the Republican nominee if there is a crowded primary field, Mulvaney told CNN’s Kasie Hunt. But the former president will ultimately lose the general election “because he turns it into a referendum on himself.”
“It is not Donald Trump against Joe Biden or whoever. He is not Republican vs. Democrat,” said Mulvaney, who as Trump’s acting chief of staff conceded to the then-president’s attempted quid pro quo with Ukraine.
“It’s Donald Trump against Donald Trump and one of the people who can beat Donald Trump is Donald Trump. That is exactly what happened in 2020,” he continued.
“A group of people could beat” Trump in a head-to-head primary race, such as the governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis (R) and Sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.), Mulvaney said.
But Trump would be victorious if it’s a bigger field, he said.
Asked if potential GOP presidential candidates should “control their egos” to narrow the field and prevent Trump from winning the nomination, Mulvaney advised them not to define themselves in terms of Trump.
However, he refused to endorse the rumored applicants, saying that he was a friend of theirs.
Watch the interview here: