President Donald Trump surprised a huge group of hundreds of supporters in West Palm Beach, Florida, near his Mar-a-Lago home by driving by, waving, and giving a thumbs up to them. The crowd was out on Monday for a Presidents’ Day rally on his behalf and celebrating his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.
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But that affection shows how popular Trump continues to be through everything that the Democrats have thrown at him. Which raises questions about what Trump intends to do in the future.
After the acquittal, as we reported, Democratic House Managers were left in tears and Trump issued a very Trumpian statement calling out the Democrats for going after him and thanking his lawyers and supporters. He also hinted at future plans, saying that “our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,” and that “in the months ahead I have much to share with you and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people.”
Democrats, of course, had been using American taxpayers’ time and money to try to block him out from 2024, putting that cause ahead of stimulus relief for Americans or any other items. It indicates that they still fear the huge draw that he is to Republicans.
The Democrats are justifiably concerned about his popularity, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll that indicated Trump was the overwhelming favorite to be the GOP nominee in 2024.
NEW: 2024 primary poll shows Trump dominating:
Donald Trump 53%
Mike Pence 12%
Donald Trump Jr. 6%
Nikki Haley 6%
Mitt Romney 4%
Ted Cruz 4%
Marco Rubio 2%
Mike Pompeo 2%
Josh Hawley 1%
Tom Cotton 1%
Tim Scott 1%
Kristi Noem 1%
Larry Hogan 1%
Rick Scott 0%https://t.co/zZhuv0pIac
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The poll showed that 53% of Republicans would vote for Trump if the primary were held today. Also that 59% wanted Trump to play a big part in the party going forward and that eight out of ten Republicans had a positive opinion of Trump. That desire to have him involved was echoed by a Quinnipiac poll which also found that 3 out of 4 Republicans want to see Trump play a big role in the GOP in the future.
Now, of course, it’s obviously very early and who knows what 2024 will bring? Trump also hasn’t said he would run. Democrats, of course, will try to do anything they can to stop him as they have for the last four-plus years.
But what it reveals is that folks like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are going to have to figure out where they stand because no other candidate quite has the draw that President Trump has at this point. Add to that by 2024, Americans who didn’t already know it will understand what a bill of goods they were sold with Joe Biden. The folks at the top of the poll are all folks associated with Trump — himself, his son, and Vice President Mike Pence — showing the power that he still has within the party. So Republicans are going to have to deal with the fact that Trump dominates if he runs and if he doesn’t, he holds the power to dictate who could.