Frank Luntz, a GOP pollster, told CNN that Trump was “paying a price” during the Jan. 6 hearings.
He added that Trump can “send his emails” but they “have less and less impact.”
Luntz also commented on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis calling him “more than a threat” to Trump.
Conservative pollster Frank Luntz said this week he thinks former President Donald Trump’s popularity is being hurt by the Jan. 6 panel’s public hearings into the Capitol riot.
Speaking on CNN’s New Day, Luntz said the panel focused “too much” on politicians, but said the hearings still hurt Trump.
“Donald Trump is actually paying a price for what these hearings show. So it’s having an impact, even among Republicans,” Luntz said.
He also commented that the public hearings did not provide enough visual material of the actual riot.
“And in the end, the American people are reacting to the visuals, not just the verbal, not just the conversation, and it’s those visuals that have proven to them that something really awful happened on January 6th,” a- he added.
Luntz also told CNN that polls in New Hampshire have shown Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ahead of Trump in the state.
“Ron DeSantis is actually ahead of Donald Trump in a very credible survey. Trump’s numbers are actually down. And that’s what’s changing the dynamic here,” Luntz said, adding that those shifting impressions could influence if Trump runs for president again in 2024. .
Asked how DeSantis might fare in 2024, Luntz told CNN the Florida governor is now “more than a threat” to Trump. Luntz pointed out that DeSantis had proven himself and given Republicans an opportunity to say that “it’s time to move on” from Trump.
“Make no mistake, Donald Trump is the most popular political figure in the Republican Party, but now there is a specific challenger,” Luntz said. “And Trump can yell and yell and send his emails, I’m on his list, and they’re all emotional, and they’re all supposed to blow things up, but they’re less and less impactful with every single month .”
Luntz has openly criticized Trump on several occasions. For example, in May last year, Luntz said Trump’s baseless voter fraud allegations could cost the House the GOP in 2022. In April, Luntz revealed that Republican lawmakers were “laughing” privately at Trump behind his back because they considered him a “child.”
Meanwhile, Trump railed against the Jan. 6 panel’s public hearings, demanding equal airtime on national television and releasing a 12-page statement disparaging the investigation while continuing to tout its baseless allegations. of electoral fraud.
Read the original article on Business Insider