Former President Donald Trump recently opened the “Office of the Former President.”
But so far, Trump is not talking about being a “future” president. Admittedly only a week out of office, Trump is mum on whether he will make a comeback bid in 2024.
If he does, though, the Republican National Committee will stay on the sidelines.
In an interview Wednesday with the Associated Press, party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the party leadership will not commit to Trump over any else.
“The party has to stay neutral,” she said. “I’m not telling anybody to run or not to run in 2024.”
Asked whether she wanted Trump back in the mix for the next election, McDaniel said, “That’s going to be up to those candidates going forward. What I really do want to see him do, though, is help us win back majorities in 2022.”
She also called for party unity, as the Trump loyalists within the GOP are more loudly sniping at those who abandoned the former president in the wake of the tragic riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“If we’re fighting each other every day and attacking each other and brandishing party purism, we’re not going to accomplish what we need to win back the House and take back the Senate, and that’s my priority,” McDaniel told the AP.
McDaniel’s problem with emulating Switzerland in this internal stand-off is that the rank and file of the party have a clear preference.
As she was telling the AP that party executives should stay neutral, Politico was reporting that a solid majority of GOP members want more Trump.
According to the outlet, 56 percent of Republicans think Trump should either “probably or definitely run for president again in 2024.” In comparison, just 36 percent believe he “probably or definitely” should skip a comeback effort.
Moreover, it seems many Republicans are willing to give a third party a look, if Trump opts to create one, as numerous reports had speculated soon after Trump left office.
It’s supposed to be called the Patriot Party.
Politico noted, “Republicans and Republican-leaning independent voters are closely split between the Republican Party and the notional Patriot Party that Trump recently floated.” The poll revealed 33 percent said they are more interested remaining with the Republican Party, yet 30 percent indicated they would be more interested in signing on to the Patriot Party.
They don’t need to be anything other than neutral, the GOP didn’t want him in 2016 either, he would win again easily in 2024 (the primary anyway)
— basehead (@basehead) January 28, 2021
McDaniel is warning that such a split would only help Democrats.
She told the AP the emergence of the Patriot Party would “guarantee Democrat wins up and down the ticket.”
“It would be basically a rubber stamp on Democrats getting elected,” she added. “And I think that’s the last thing that any Republican wants. It’s clear that he (Trump) understands that.”
But Trump does not have plans to start a new party yet.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 26, 2021
Trump spokesman, Jason Miller, said the former president “has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022.”
“There’s nothing that’s actively being planned regarding an effort outside of that,” Miller added.
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