President Donald Trump remade the Republican Party in his own image, a stand-your-ground conservative who puts hard-working Americans and country first. When the real estate mogul and television star entered the political arena, the GOP was a festering sore of RINOs and political elites who put their agendas ahead of voters. Many still remember the so-called “Never Trumpers” in 2016 and 2017 who were summarily shown the door. That door remains wide open. In the final days of, perhaps, the greatest president of a generation, any turning away from Trumpism will be seen as treason to the party.
A recent Wall Street Journal analysis of the Trump Administration’s final days points to a rippling effect that will impact the mid-term elections in 2022 and beyond.
“A Republican senator or House member, one party leaders are eager to see retain his or her seat, will be challenged in a primary by a disciple of President Trump,” the Wall Street Journal speculates. “Such are the forces being unleashed this week within the GOP, where the prospect of a virtual civil war suddenly feels real. This internal struggle engages the president and his family; lawmakers courting the support of Trump loyalists; and a conservative Republican establishment embodied by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Part of the struggle is ideological, part is simply about power.”
With Democrats winning the Georgia runoff elections and assuming control of both houses of Congress, the stakes have never been higher for conservative values. President Trump will continue to set the party’s tone and agenda while dangling the sword of a 2024 run over incumbent Republicans. Even in the late days of office, he has made it abundantly clear no quarter will be given for disloyal, do-nothing Washington insiders within the party.
Making an example of Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the president rang in the New Year with a tweet.
“Republicans in the Senate so quickly forget. Right now, they would be down 8 seats without my backing them in the last Election. RINO John Thune, ‘Mitch’s boy’, should just let it play out. South Dakota doesn’t like weakness,” Trump tweeted. “He will be primaried in 2022, political career over!!!”
In Arizona, the state’s GOP rejected the elitist platform of its most prominent politician, deceased Senator John McCain, and threw down the ideological gauntlet. They stated the GOP is “never going back” to the party he represented. It “is now, and forever will be, one for the working man and woman!”
And that is the very foundation of Trumpism, the American greatest created by working families and a political agenda that could be summarized as “either you’re American, or you’re not.” The home team doesn’t live in Washington, D.C. They live in the towns and cities across the landscape, earn an honest wage, and are patriots to the core.
Trumpism points out that the Washington Swamp — some career GOP politicians included — are nothing but deadbeats lining their pockets with taxpayer money and enriching themselves through influence peddling. While Democrats fight to maintain this corrupt status quo, civil war has been declared within the GOP. Politicians will either fight tooth and nail to put ordinary Americans first or prepare for a fight.