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Cruz, Ted

Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is a far-right politician from Houston who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. After losing the GOP presidential nomination to Trump in 2016, he became a staunch and stridently outspoken proponent of the former president and worked to help him hold on to power after he lost the 2020 election.

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DeSantis, Ron

About Ron DeSantis is a highly ambitious right-wing Republican who has been governor of Florida since 2019. Although he rose to power through Trump, in May 2023 the governor announced  that he would run against the ex-president in the 2024 GOP primary for president. “By governing the way he’s governed, by running for reelection the way … Read more

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McCarthy, Kevin

Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007, representing California’s 23rd Congressional District. In 2022, he ran for reelection—in the 20th district—with Trump’s endorsement and not only won, but went on to become speaker of the House in 2023, albeit after endless negotiations and 15 votes.

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Trump, Donald J.

Donald Trump is a businessman who served one term as president of the U.S., holding office from Jan. 20, 2017–Jan. 20, 2021. He was the first president in U.S. history with no prior experience in government or the military, and by the end of his term in office, he also became the first president to be impeached twice.

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Trump’s Inner Circle

Both before and after the 2020 election, members of Trump’s administration and inner circle amplified lies about fraud and a stolen election, including people such as Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, economic advisor Peter Navarro, and legal and political advisors John Eastman, Boris Epshteyn, Rudy Giuliani, Cleta Mitchell, and Sydney Powell, among others.