The top dogs in the Republican Party are apparently divided on how they feel about former President Donald Trump’s first post-presidential appearance being held at CPAC this week in Florida.
Since when has the establishment and the true conservatives in the party ever not been divided on Trump? That’s how things have been since the man was first elected back in 2016.
“I don’t believe he should be playing a role in the future of the party,” House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, who is an absolute Trump hater, said to reporters on Wednesday.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican and Trump ally, did not hesitate when a reporter asked whether Trump should be speaking at CPAC.
“Yes, he should,” McCarthy said.
It will be Trump’s first major address since leaving office on Jan. 20. The House impeached Trump last month on the charge of inciting an insurrection that led to the violent Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by throngs of his supporters. The Senate acquitted Trump last week, but all Democrats and seven Republicans voted guilty.
Cheney, who voted along with nine other Republicans and all Democrats to impeach Trump on Jan. 13, survived a recent attempt by pro-Trump conservatives in her conference to oust her from the leadership team.
McCarthy said that he backs the Wyoming Republican despite their differences about Trump and his role in the party.
“I’ve been clear about my views about President Trump,” Cheney said, making a clear reference to her belief that the former president is responsible for the siege that took place at the Capitol building in January.
Sen. Mitt Romney, also harboring a deep loathing of the former president, said that if Trump decides to run again in 2024, he’ll get nab it.
“I don’t know if he’ll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination,” Romney said.
Lots of people are eager to hear from Trump, especially his base, who are curious about what his next steps will be concerning the political realm. It’s entirely possible that he’s not going to run at all and remain in the private sector, only getting involved to help steer certain policy discussions or endorse candidates.
Some talk has been floating around that he might be building his own social media network to help combat the censorship running wild on Facebook and Twitter.
Guess we’ll have to wait and see if he drops any big revelations on Thursday.