Opinion: Izaak Gilchrist

Forever ReTrumplicans?

You may have heard of people discussing CPAC in conversations about American politics recently. So, what is it? The Conservative Political Action Conference took place last week from the 25th to the 28th February. CPAC is the biggest Conservative conference in America and takes place annually.

Speakers this year included current ‘stars’ of the GOP such as Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. The star of the show however, and the concluding speaker of the event, was former President Donald Trump.

Image: Shealah Craighead from Wikimedia Commons

Trump rolled out all his greatest hits.

His speech repeated claims of a stolen election, despite Trump himself just having been impeached by the House of Representatives for stoking a mob with such baseless claims.

He also ruled out creating a new party, which many commentators had pre-emptively named the America First party. This would have created a division within the conservative movement and handed the democrats an almost certain win in the upcoming elections.

In his speech he also claimed that his “endorsement was the most powerful asset in politics”. This points to the speculation that Trump will challenge many members of the Republican Party in primaries who he feels haven’t been loyal to him.

This could include House Republican Conference Chair, Liz Cheney (Wyoming), Representative Adam Kinzinger (Illinois) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), who are all up for re-election in 2022 and voted against Trump in his impeachment trials.

Most interestingly, Trump hinted at a 2024 Presidential bid.

He claimed that he could win for a third time, despite his second victory being taken away from him. Polls show that Trump still commands a majority of support from Republican voters and would likely win a primary contest were he to enter in 2024.

A Biden-Trump rematch could soon be on the horizon, meaning that Trump keeps his control over the Republican Party for a long time to come.

In other Republican-related news, Senator Rick Scott of Florida, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, gave an interview to Fox News.

In this he targeted four Democrat Senate seats that the Republicans wish to win in the 2022 senate elections. These four states were: Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire. These four senate seats will hence be under the scrutiny of the national media.

If one of the seats is won by the Republicans, ceteris paribus, the Republicans will regain control over the Senate, hence ending the current Democrat Trifecta of White House, Senate and House of Representatives control.