US election results: Trump sons attack Republicans for ‘weak’ backing

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President Donald ’s two sons have rebuked Republicans for failing back the president as he struggles win re-election.

Mr ’s eldest son Don Jr accused the party being “weak”. His brother Eric warned: “ voters will never forget you if your [sic] sheep!”

The spat reflects an emerging rift between Trump disciples and the party.

The election still hangs in the balance but Democratic candidate Joe appears be closing in on victory.

Mr Trump has vowed mount legal challenges the vote-counting process after claiming, without evidence, that there is widespread voter fraud.

Republicans such as Utah Mitt Romney and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan have warned against undermining the democratic process.

But Don Jr, who is thought to have political aspirations his own, reserved his ire for those who may be eyeing up a presidential run in 2024.

He wrote on Twitter: “The total lack action virtually all of the ‘2024 GOP [Republican] hopefuls’ is pretty amazing.

“They have a perfect to show that they’re willing & able to fight but they will cower to the media mob instead. Don’t worry @realDonaldTrump will fight & they can watch as usual!”

The tweet was in response to one Mike Cernovich, a men’s activist and Trump supporter, who had criticised the president’s former UN ambassador, Nikki Haley.

She is widely thought to be preparing a bid in 2024.

Mr Trump Jr continued: “Republicans have been weak for decades which has allowed for the left to do these things.”

His brother, Eric, tweeted: “Where are Republicans! Have some backbone. Fight against this fraud. voters will never forget you if your [sic] sheep!”

The two men went on to name and praise Republicans they deemed to have been vocal in defence of their father.

Other Trump backers also piled on and took aim at Ms Haley in particular. Matt Gaetz, a Florida congressman, tweeted: “While some of are fighting for President Trump… Nikki Haley is eulogising him. Sad!”

In his four years in politics, Mr Trump has managed to bend the Republican party to his will, consistently achieving above 90% approval ratings self-identified party members.

The party manifesto this year was scrapped and replaced by a pledge to “support the president’s America-first agenda”.

This row between the Trumps and the party establishment will raise questions about which direction the party goes after Trump departs, whether that is in 2020 or 2024. (BBC)