The chattering class has been speculating on former President Donald Trump’s post-presidency plans since before Joe Biden took office. At one point, insiders indicated that he might be starting a third party to create a home for those who are disenchanted with the Republican Party.
However, after being persuaded by people close to him, it appears that Trump has decided against that idea and will pursue other political avenues. His new aim is to help the GOP win back the Senate and House during the 2022 midterms.
New York Times media activist Maggie Haberman posted a series of tweets shedding light on Trump’s future plans. She wrote: “In last 24 hours, after floating through a few folks that he was considering creating a third-party as a way to keep Senate Rs in line ahead of impeachment, Trump has been talked out of that and is making clear to people he isn’t pursuing it.”
In last 24 hours, after floating through a few folks that he was considering creating a third-party as a way to keep Senate Rs in line ahead of impeachment, Trump has been talked out of that and is making clear to people he isn't pursuing it, per ppl familiar w his thinking.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 24, 2021
Haberman continued, noting that Trump feels “there are fewer votes to convict than there would have been if the vote had been held almost immediately after Jan. 6.”
Trump’s allies convinced him to take a different course by pointing out that threatening to primary Republican lawmakers would not make sense if he was starting his own party. Adviser Jason Miller released a statement explaining that Trump “has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022.”
He added, “There’s nothing that’s actively being planned regarding an effort outside of that, but it’s completely up to Republican Senators if this is something that becomes more serious.
Shortly before the day of Biden’s inauguration, Trump indicated that he, and the movement he started, would “be back in some form.”
Now that the 2020 election is over, both parties are looking to the 2022 midterm elections. With control of the presidency, House, and Senate, Democrats have two years to ram through as much legislation as possible. President Biden has already proposed radical policy proposals like granting a path to citizenship for over 11 million illegal immigrants without serious border security measures.
Still, Republicans are hoping to regain control of both chambers of Congress in 2022, and it is worth noting that conservative voters are fed up with the GOP establishment. Lawmakers who wish to bring the party back to the pre-Trump era will have targets on their backs, especially during primary season. Trump could play a significant role in a much-needed cleansing of the Republican Party.
The former president is still a powerhouse on the right, and could very well become a kingmaker. Hopefully, he can help channel the anger many conservative voters feel into a movement committed to getting authentic conservatives into office and removing those who are Diet Democrats.
Based on how the Democrats are currently conducting themselves, the Republicans have a good chance of defeating them in 2020. If they play their cards right and let the left continue beclowning themselves, the public will likely turn against them. Hopefully, the GOP manages to keep from snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
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