Republicans basked in the glow of MAGA policies that drove unemployment and poverty rates to historic lows. They embraced former President Donald Trump’s America First agenda that secured the nation’s energy independence. Yet, many yearned for the do-nothing days of the past when Washington, D.C., elites put their own interests ahead of the people they swore to represent. It appears Mr. Trump is preparing yet another Republican Civil War that will stamp-out political elitism once and for all.
Recent reports indicate that Mr. Trump amassed a $31 million war chest through his Save America leadership PAC. The revenue is collected primarily through online resources and will be strategically invested to ensure the 2022 GOP field enlists Trump-endorsed Republicans in wide-sweeping primaries.
“We are in the process of putting together a more formal schedule for candidates who want to come get his endorsement,” senior Trump adviser Jason Miller reportedly said. To date, the former president has met with “folks with the ability to contact him themselves.”
Washington, D.C., elites that opposed Mr. Trump after the 2016 elections quickly found themselves disenfranchised. For example, former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake effectively joined Democrats in their “resist and obstruct” movement. Flake found his political career at an end after opposing the bold America First agenda that finally put working families ahead of special interests.
After the last impeachment hoax, several Republicans thought it prudent to rejoin the D.C. narrative and criticize Mr. Trump. They find themselves outsiders now, terrified of the prospect Mr. Trump will not endorse them going forward. Those fears are grounded in reality.
In the 2020 election, Trump-endorsed candidates won their primaries at a rate of 98 percent, and non-incumbents succeeded 22 out of 23 times. Many of the primaries were not even close after Mr. Trump offered support.
A recent Suffolk University-USA Today poll reportedly indicates that nearly half of Republican voters would leave and join a third party created by Mr. Trump.
“We feel like Republicans don’t fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day,” a Wisconsin Republican reportedly said. “But then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don’t ever push back.”
Nearly 80 percent of GOP voters said they would not support a candidate that voted to impeach the former president and half of party members say politicians need to remain loyal to Mr. Trump.
Senator Lindsey Graham is reportedly meeting with Mr. Trump to discuss the 2022 elections. The South Carolina Republican has remained loyal, even though he respectively disagreed at times. Many believe Sen. Graham hopes to secure an endorsement and help the party regain the Senate and House in 2022.
“I’m more worried about 2022 than I’ve ever been,” Sen. Graham reportedly said. “I don’t want to eat our own.”
It appears former President Trump has drawn a line in the sand concerning D.C. elites. The days of business-as-usual Republicans are over. Either fight for working families tooth-and-nail through America First policies or vacate the premises.