Before announcing his candidacy for president in 2024, former President Trump should have heeded the words of Kenny Rogers in “The Gambler”: “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away and know when to run.” Yes, under his term in office, we had a growing economy, low unemployment and inflation, energy independence and a secure southern border.

On Mr. Trump’s watch, the Republican Party morphed from Wall Street to Main Street. More working-class Democrats and African American, Asian and Hispanic voters became comfortable supporting Republican candidates. Give Mr. Trump credit for laying the groundwork in fast- tracking development of the COVID-19 vaccines.

On the flip side, while Trump was president, Republicans lost control of both the House and Senate. In 2022, too many Trump-endorsed candidates lost the November general election. It is time for a new generation of GOP leadership to take us forward into 2024. There is a deep bench of Republican governors and senators for 2024 Republican Party primary voters to choose from. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is one possibility.

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