Former President Donald Trump is expected to tell attendees at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference that he’s still in charge, according to reports.
“Let’s just say that singing Kumbaya isn’t in the plans,” commented the RedState blog.
It will be Trump’s most significant public statement since he left Washington last month. Shut down by Twitter and Facebook, he was largely silent until interviews last week regarding the death of Rush Limbaugh.
Axios cited sources saying Trump “plans to send the message next weekend that he is Republicans’ ‘presumptive 2024 nominee’ with a vise grip on the party’s base.”
A longtime adviser told Axios that Trump’s speech will be a “show of force,” sending the message: “I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I’m still in charge.”
Nearly Half of Republicans Would Drop GOP if Trump Created New Party
Around half of Republican voters would abandon the GOP if former President Donald Trump created a new party, according to a new poll.
About 46 percent of Republican respondents said they would abandon the Republican Party to join a Trump-backed party, a Suffolk University–USA Today poll found. Only 27 percent said they would stay with the party, while the rest were undecided.
“We feel like Republicans don’t fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day,” a Republican and small-business owner—who wasn’t identified—from Milwaukee told USA Today. “But then, you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don’t ever push back.” . . .
“If Trump were to split from the GOP and create his own party, polling suggests he might well create the second largest political party in the country, knocking the GOP down to third place,” Dritan Nesho, CEO and chief pollster at HarrisX, told Hill.TV.