The former President is prepared to “war” with the Republican Party.
Many senior advisers and members of Trump’s inner circle claim that he is ready for a fight, and won’t play “nice” with the GOP establishment anymore.
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According to Politico:
“According to three people familiar with the planning, Trump will soon begin vetting candidates at Mar-a-Lago who are eager to fulfill his promise to exact vengeance upon incumbent Republicans who’ve scorned him, and to ensure every open GOP seat in the 2022 midterms has a MAGA-approved contender vying for it.
Trump already has received dozens of requests from prospective candidates seeking to introduce themselves and nab his endorsement, and formal meetings with them could begin as early as March.”
The report continues:
“Now that Trump has survived his second Senate impeachment trial, he has shifted his focus to post-presidential activism — a venture mostly bankrolled by his new leadership PAC, Save America, which had $31 million in its coffers at the start of this month.”
Senior Adviser Jason Miller revealed Trump’s plan to screen candidate endorsements on Sunday:
“We are in the process of putting together a more formal schedule for candidates who want to come get his endorsement.”
Miller, in an exclusive interview on Sky News in Australia released on Sunday, said that he believes Donald Trump is “chomping at the bit, ready to get back at it.”
However, the former president is “absolutely” looking to help the Republican Party win back the House in 2022, albeit with the candidates he wants to win.
“President Trump was committed to the Republican Party, not only that, he wants to make sure the Republican Party win back the House of Representatives and the US Senate in 2022.
And I think the only possible way that there would have been any, I guess, any footsies with the idea of a third party, was if there had been some sort of move towards impeachment or any sort of bigger push. But no, but President Trump is very much committed to the Republican Party, and he wants to see the party win back the majorities in our legislature, so that’s really gonna be his focus for heading into the next two years here.”
When asked about Donald Trump’s influence on the GOP, Miller replied:
“I think really what a lot of folks are starting to realize here in the states is that President Trump really is the Republican party. And so he is not only the current aspect of the party, but he is the future of the party. So, I think we’ve really kind of gotten past that, so hopefully we can go back and win back the majorities in 2022.”
At one point, the adviser was pressed about whether it was good for the Republican Party and the country that Trump continue his political ambitions, he focused on current opinion polling on the matter:
“You take a look at 60%, actually about 60-63% of all Republicans want President Trump to run again for president in 2024. 70%, by the way of Trump voters want President Trump to be the nominee for president in 2024. And so you look at the support base, it really is still there, and there is a concern with the free and fair elections.”
Miller added that Donald Trump was planning on making sure that we “get to the bottom of some of these election problems we had in 2020” and added:
“That’s one of the things that President Trump is going to be leading on as we go forward.”
When asked about the reported snub of Nikki Haley, Miller spoke more generally, and deferred to the former president and Haley to speak for themselves:
“If you’re attacking President Trump at this point, you’re really attacking the Republican Party overall.”
The senior adviser was also asked about the 2024 plans of the former President:
“I think President Trump definitely would like to run again. No decision, just to be clear. No decision has been made yet. But I hope he does. I hope he does run again.”
Recently, Trump attacked Mitch McConnell, who threatened him at the Senate impeachment trial, while still voting to acquit him.
Trump then said:
“McConnell’s dedication to business, as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse. The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle — they never had it so good — and they want to keep it that way!”
Trump did not stop here, and denounced the now Senate Minority Leader as well:
“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again. He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.”
As a reaction to this statement, Graham, said:
“I’m more worried about 2022 than I’ve ever been. I don’t want to eat our own.”
Yet, Donald Trump is a “man of his word”, so there is plenty for Senator Graham to be “worried” about.
According to a report by Politico:
“Earlier this week, Trump met with his former campaign manager Brad Parscale to discuss online fundraising components to support his efforts and how he can utilize social media despite his ban from popular websites like Twitter. Trump also met with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and his eldest son Don Jr. earlier this week.”
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) February 20, 2021
On Saturday, Trump had a planned fundraising dinner with Senator Mike Lee, Rep. Lauren Boebert, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, and it was reported:
“Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee is up for reelection in 2022, but that’s not stopping him from raising money for that campaign now. And Lee plans to raise that money at an exclusive and pricey fundraiser at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. That’s all according to an invitation to the event, a photo of which was first tweeted by Politico.”
Afterward, many maintained that Mike Lee allegedly had once called for Donald Trump to step down, which he later denied.
The Mike Lee protest at the RNC was before he *called on Trump to quit the ticket* after Access Hollywood. Lee’s objection to Trump was that he thought he’d lose, when that was out of the way he was rarely critical https://t.co/WHaoIRQUmn
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 20, 2021
Senator Lee tweeted:
“This headline is not only misleading but affirmatively deceptive. The Salt Lake Tribune will stop at nothing to undermine and create divisions within the Republican Party.”
This headline is not only misleading, but affirmatively deceptive. The Salt Lake Tribune will stop at nothing to undermine and create divisions within the Republican Party. https://t.co/Z80CxsWZlp
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) February 20, 2021
It would be interesting to follow the happenings in the political arena in case Trump decides to run for president again.
Politico quoted a source close to him:
“If you’re Trump, you don’t gotta play nice with these people anymore. You don’t have to do the whole fake political thing where you pretend to like people you don’t actually like.”
It seems the former president has no intention of doing so.
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