Donald Trump is planning to use his first major speech since he was forced to leave the White House to tell Republicans that he is their “presumptive 2024 nominee”, according to a report citing his “top allies”.
In what appears clearly intended as a threatening message to anyone within the GOP wishing to leave the party’s association with the disgraced 45th president in the dust, those quoted claim Trump’s speech at CPAC in Orlando on Sunday will be “a show of force”.
The report by Axios – which cites only Trump’s white nationalist-minded former immigration advisor Stephen Miller by name – quotes a “longtime advisor” as predicting Trump’s message will be: “I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I’m still in charge.”
It comes days after a Suffolk University/US Today poll of people who voted for Trump in 2020 suggested 46 per cent would abandon the GOP to back him in 2024, compared to 26 per cent who would not.
The survey also found that 80 per cent of Trump voters said they would be less likely to vote for a Republican candidate who supported Trump’s impeachment.
But with all but seven Republican senators having voted to acquit Trump of inciting an insurrection – the charges levied against him in his second impeachment trial – his shadow continues to loom large over the party.
As a result, many on social media felt little sympathy for the plight of GOP senators who wish to be rid of Trump but failed to take steps that could have barred him from running again.
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Reed Galen, co-founder of the Lincoln Project –a now under-fire group of anti-Trump Republicans – warned that while Trump’s claim to ownership over the modern GOP is genuine, it must be treated accordingly as America’s “most potent fascistic movement”.
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