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Distancing from Trump? Some Republicans step up critiques

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Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 7:06 AM EDT
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For more than three years, President Donald Trump instilled such fear in the Republican Party’s leaders that most kept criticism of his turbulent leadership or inconsistent politics to themselves.

That's beginning to change.

Four months before voters decide the Republican president's reelection, some in Trump's party are daring to say the quiet part out loud as Trump struggles to navigate competing national crises and a scattershot campaign message.

"He is losing," former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump friend and confidant, said Sunday of Trump's reelection prospects on ABC's "This Week." "And if he doesn't change course, both in terms of the substance of what he's discussing and the way that he approaches the American people, then he will lose."

While Trump avoids wearing a mask in public, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “We must have no stigma — none — about wearing masks when we leave our homes.” Vice President Mike Pence was pictured this weekend wearing a mask and urged other Americans to do the same. And Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, tweeted a picture of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, wearing a mask with the hashtag #realmenwearmasks.

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