Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) says that if Donald Trump tries to run for president in 2024 for a second term, he is likely to get the Republican nomination. Romney, himself the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, says he knows Trump will continue to play a major role in the politics of the GOP.
On Tuesday, Romney said, “He has the greatest voice and the greatest influence on my party by far.” I don’t know whether or not he’s planning to run in 2024, but I’m pretty sure he’ll win the nomination if he does.
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Romney went on to say that he would not be voting for him if Trump ran in 2024.
During the 2016 presidential election, Romney was a leading “Never Trump” figure in the GOP, and voted in his first impeachment trial to convict Trump.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference this week, Trump is expected to give a message (CPAC.)
It is going to be his first public appearance since leaving the White House, and many expect his political ambitions for 2022 and 2024 to be laid out.
Trump’s Upcoming CPAC Speech Will Be ‘Show Of Force’ According To Adviser https://t.co/Qs0llFPCkd
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) February 24, 2021
A source close to the former president told Axios that the speech was supposed to be a “show of power,” and that he would say, “I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I am still in charge.”
The speech by Trump could only be a proof of the kind of change that is taking place in the Republican Party that not everyone wants to speak about or even recognize.
Donald Trump has not only exposed the depths of the swamp, but that it is populated on both sides of the aisle.
Inside the Republican Party, he also disclosed deep fissures. There’s a Mitt Romney-Mitch McConnell-Liz Cheney wing of the party that can’t ignore even the most devout of the party, and there’s the Trump wing.
Eric Trump claimed the very reason for his father’s success in an appearance on Fox News on Monday morning.
“There are 75-80 million people who are going to follow my father to the end of the planet.” He added that, since he is not a conventional politician, they love Trump.
“He will play a crucial role in politics for a very long time to come, no doubt,” Eric explained.
“I sincerely believe he is the Republican Party of modern times.”
The Romney-McConnell-Cheney wing is made nuts by the evaluations of individuals like Eric Trump.
But will they know that the Trump wing is becoming a much bigger tent as we move closer, not only to 2024, but also to 2022?
I admire Liz Cheney's answer. But I also think that CPAC and Donald Trump are absolutely made for each other. Trump is the essence of CPAC. I think that a healthy conservative movement and Republican Party would recoil from CPAC. https://t.co/Cq4Cr0qM4L
— Jay Nordlinger (@jaynordlinger) February 24, 2021
A new poll by Suffolk University/USAToday found that if he were to launch one, 46 percent of those who voted for Trump in 2020 would follow him to a third party.
And something that can get the attention of the party’s Romney wing is that 72 percent of Republican voters want their lawmakers to be more like Trump in a recent Rasmussen survey, and less like the Romney, McConnell, Cheney forms of establishment.
A new PAC has been started by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) with the goal of “taking back the Republican Party from Trump.”
But like Liz Cheney, Kinzinger was among the 10 Republicans in the House who voted to impeach Trump, and in the form of a primary challenger for 2022, he has already faced some pushback.
IT BEGINS…Anti-Trumper Adam Kinzinger Gets Legal Immigrant America First Primary Challenger https://t.co/LWuoobaxpV
— breakingnews (@evansnewsreport) February 24, 2021
In the form of young guns like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who had words with Cheney, and also went to Wyoming to protest against her, Trump’s wing pushback has also arrived.
If you try to purge Trumpism from the GOP, the base of our party will reject you.
America First is the future.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 18, 2021
Adam is a patriot who fought for America from Northwest Florida.
We will always appreciate & honor his service.
Now, he wants to target my America First politics, referencing me by name.
Fucking bring it.
Adam needs PACs to win elections.
I don’t. https://t.co/TE9TPt6QJv
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 11, 2021
When you see some of these policies that are actually killing jobs, that are destroying businesses, that are causing Texas to freeze, that are cutting off our electricity to our energy grids and all these other nonsensical policies, Eric Trump also told the Biden administration on Fox News on Monday morning. Right now, the excitement is stronger than it has ever been.
He said, “I think Biden makes people miss Donald Trump more each day.”
It depends on who you’re referring to when you’re talking about the people of the Republican Party.