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Trump's Speech Should Look to GOP's Future

Donald Trump remains popular and powerful among Republicans despite leaving the presidency Awkward moment as House Republican leaders clash over Trump speaking at CPAC
Hannah Rogers | 26 February, 2021, 17:46

Brace yourself for Donald Trump 2.0, America.

That in turn exposes some of the deep divisions within the party.

The speech, his first post-presidential address, comes on CPAC's final day in Orlando, Florida where he is expected to be enthusiastically received at the nation's largest gathering of conservatives. Josh Hawley (Mo.) and Ted Cruz (Texas), coin some stiff competition, as they've consistently jabbed into Washington politics through involvement in coronavirus relief and the rejection of President Joe Biden's Cabinet nominations.

Insiders say Mr Trump's new daily routine has not varied much.

But President Trump's eventual decision is the key.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that he would "absolutely" support Donald Trump if the former president is the 2024 Republican presidential nominee.

The event will feature a seven-part series on "Protecting Elections", including one titled "Why Judges & Media Refused to Look at the Evidence", featuring Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.

McCarthy, on the other hand, stated that he agreed President Trump should speak at CPAC.

Such posturing will likely freeze other Republican contenders in place, for now at least.

"Once 2022 kicks into high gear, expect Don (Trump Jr.) to be an extremely active presence on the campaign trail", a person who works with Trump Jr. told CNN, confirming not only the younger Trump's taste for political battle but that of the former President, as well.

McConnell might wield a lot of power in Washington, but he no more speaks for the average Republican voter than Manchin, the senior senator from West Virginia, speaks for the average Democrat.

Jordan agreed with McCarthy and said he's glad Trump will be speaking at CPAC.

Fox News' Laura Ingraham swiped at Congresswoman Liz Cheney Wednesday night for her comments about how Republicans should be moving on from Donald Trump.

"That's up to CPAC", Cheney said. "I've been clear in my views about President Trump and the extent to which following January 6 - I don't believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country".

The drama exposed the extraordinary faultline between establishment Republicans and pro-Trump populists.

"You can actually push back", Don Jr., said, adding that it would't be "an easy fight".

His remarks come weeks after he voted to acquit Trump at his impeachment trial while also criticizing his "disgraceful dereliction of duty" on January 6, 2021.

Feehery too is unsure whether Trump will seek the nomination, rather than remaining a kingmaker.

Baier then asked directly, "If [Trump] was the party's nominee, would you support him?"

McConnell, a regular at the annual conference, will not be on the program after publicly chastising Trump for inciting last month's deadly insurrection at the Capitol. "We're going to walk through what we can do to ensure them". She's been the subject of effusive comments from Trump: In 2019, in the same breath, he touted Ivanka Trump for both U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and head of the World Bank, and in an interview with The Atlantic he said she would be "very hard to beat" if she were to run for president herself.

"Republicans understand that breaking with Trump carries a political price within the Republican Party", he said.

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