Trump’s Plans for a Politically Active Post-Presidential Role Come Into Focus
Former President Donald Trump’s political plans are starting to become more clear as he sets the stage for the 2022 midterms.
From Just the News:
After a comparatively quiet first five weeks in Palm Beach, Fla., following a final five in Washington plagued by all sorts of chaos, Trump stirred up excitement in late February at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he addressed an enthusiastic crowd for 90 minutes about moving forward with the America First agenda. That plan is now moving into its operational stages, with the launch of a network of political funding vehicles and public messaging platforms.
Most prominently, there is the former president’s leadership PAC — the Save America PAC — which has a war chest totaling more than $85 million heading into the second quarter of this year. That sum positions Trump to make a hefty impact on the upcoming 2022 midterm elections, during which Republicans will attempt to take back control of the House and Senate.
But Trump isn’t stopping at just helping Republicans retake control of Congress. Instead, Trump is aiming to remold Washington politics in his image, promising to support primary challengers to GOP candidates who have not been supportive of his “America First” platform.
That effort has already taken shape in the cases of Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, with Trump and many on his campaign team throwing their support behind primary opponent Kelly Tshibaka. More primary candidates are making it known they would like Trump’s support, including challengers to GOP lawmakers who voted in favor of impeachment such as Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington.
According to Trump communications adviser Jason Miller, any candidate hoping to earn the support of the former president will have to embrace his America First agenda:
“That means someone who supports conservative grassroots when it comes to the more populist positions on trade agreements, trying to get out of some of these endless wars, and trying to make sure that we’re not throwing big, massive breaks to the fat cats on Wall Street and in D.C.,” said Miller. “We’re looking for someone that actually boosts up the working class men and women in America.”
Trump has also set up his own Super PAC and a legal team aimed at helping conservatives fight legal battles. Trump alumni have even set up a 35-person policy think tank that will continue to help forward the former president’s agenda.
While Trump’s plans for the midterm season seem set, he still hasn’t made clear whether there are any future runs for president in the cards:
“I wouldn’t expect that we hear anything on this really anytime soon,” said Miller.
“I think probably after the midterms is when he’ll make a decision,” he said, adding that the primary race remains Trump’s to lose. “All the polling has shown that the president would be the clear front runner on the GOP side, if he does decide to go and run. Really, the ball’s in his court.”
But Miller noted that any GOP hopefully looking to win the nomination in 2024 if Trump doesn’t run will likely be looking to garner his support, with potential hopefuls such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both visiting Trump recently at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
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