Mr. Trump is back
Former President Trump on February 28 is scheduled to deliver his first speech since the end of a controversial leadership term. Mr Trump will speak on the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which is the largest annual meeting of conservative politicalists.
Some of the prominent GOP members are expected to be the 2024 presidential candidates to speak at the CPAC, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. Meanwhile, two notable figures under the Trump administration not on the CPAC speaker list are former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence. The source Politico page revealed that Mr. Pence had declined the invitation to speak at CPAC, and Ms. Haley did not know why, but previously said Mr. Trump “has no future” at the GOP.
As a result, the upcoming GOP will focus on finding ways to regain control in parliament in the 2022 midterm elections. However, this goal risks hurdles to internal divisions, according to Reuters. Specifically, in a statement on Feb. 16, Mr. Trump said he only upholds those who support his line if they want to become candidates in Senate elections. This will hamper candidates that Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell believes have the highest chance of winning the midterm election.
Despite losing the 2020 election, Mr. Trump still has a great influence on voters. A poll by Politico / Morning Consult recently showed that for every 10 GOP voters, 6 people want him to maintain an important role in the party.
Rep. Jim Banks, chairman of the House GOP Research Committee, warned on Feb. 16: “A Republican party seeks to erase Mr. Trump and does not understand his influence on working-class voters The move will pay the price and fail in elections in 2022, 2024 and beyond ”. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, Trump’s top ally, believes that the former president and his supporters are crucial to the party’s future.
Previously, GOP Senator Bill Cassidy (who voted to condemn Mr. Trump) once said that Mr. Trump’s influence on the party would “weaken”. Shortly thereafter, GOP members in Louisiana voted to reprimand Mr. Cassidy for not being loyal to Mr. Trump.
According to Reuters, the 10 conglomerate political action (PAC) committees, including Microsoft Corp, Walmart, AT&T and Comcast Corp, have not donated to any of the 147 Republican MPs because they support to try to reverse Mr. Trump’s 2020 election results. The end of donations came just hours after the riots in parliament.
Federal Election Commission figures released on February 20 show that PACs of 10 conglomerates only donated $ 13,000 to certain politicians in January, compared with the $ 10 million in the 2019 election – 2020.
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