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As Jan. 6 hearings pound Trump, some supporters sour on him running in 2024

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As the select committee investigating Jan. 6 focuses like a laser on indicting Donald Trump in the court of public opinion, many Americans have understandably wondered: "Will it even matter?"

For Democratic voters, it might prove motivating in November. On the margins of the Republican Party, maybe the damning mountain of evidence makes a difference. But the notion that the GOP base or MAGA Republicans might care even one iota seemed dead on arrival.

New reporting suggests, however, that Trump's star is falling among some in the donor class, and even among some Trump voters.

Politico reports that Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is “lying in wait, sharpening his knives” as the Jan. 6 panel puts Trump symbolically on trial without anyone—on or off the committee—defending him.

“There are of course the lunchbox Republicans who think this is a ‘mass conspiracy,’ but among the donor class many are just tired of this," said one DeSantis adviser. "It’s a shitshow. Some donors are getting sick of the shitshow.”

Certainly worth grain-of-salt consideration since it comes from a DeSantis adviser. But one sign that DeSantis feels the wind at his back has been his decision not to seek Trump's endorsement for reelection. DeSantis is also without peer in his unwillingness to publicly profess that he will defer to Trump should he decide to run in 2024.

But DeSantis aside, the most convincing sign that Trump is losing some of his swagger comes from the latest Focus Group podcast hosted by never-Trumper and The Bulwark founder Sarah........

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