A former GOP congressman says many MAGA Republicans are secretly hoping for Trump's 'mortal demise'
By Cheryl Teh,
Many MAGA Republicans are wishing for Trump's "mortal demise," a former GOP Rep. says.
Peter Meijer told The Atlantic he has heard MAGA Republicans say: "I can't wait until this guy dies."
Other Republicans told The Atlantic they think Trump's diet and age might hasten his death.
Former GOP Rep. Peter Meijer said there are "a lot of folks" in the ranks of MAGA Republicans who are hoping for former President Donald Trump's "mortal demise."
"I want to be clear: I'm not in that camp. But I've heard from a lot of people who will go onstage and put on the red hat, and then give me a call the next day and say, 'I can't wait until this guy dies," Meijer told McKay Coppins, a journalist at The Atlantic.
When asked about his opinion piece on CNN on Monday, Coppins said he was "taken aback by how often" he heard jokes about Trump's death from Republicans.
"I thought it was kind of a morbid, dark joke at first," Coppins told CNN. "But I heard it so often that it started to become clear that this was actually what a lot of Republicans believe, and it just speaks to the desperation in the party."
Coppins also told CNN some of his Republican sources "clung to a long-held delusion" that Trump "would become a different person and bow out graciously, and make room for the next generation of Republican leaders."
A representative for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment sent outside regular business hours.
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