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A top GOP operative claimed on Thursday that there’s “buzz out there” around the idea of former President Donald Trump being “crowned” speaker of the House if Republicans retake the legislative body in 2022 — and he wasn’t joking.
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, offered the surprising claim while speaking with Newsmax host John Bachman.
Starting off the discussion, Bachman said he believes “the road to 2022” starts in Ohio, where the former president intends to hold his first post-presidential rally on June 26th.
“I think the road to 2022 really starts in Columbus, Ohio, because we’re going to see one of the kind of the classic Trump rallies. I imagine there’s going to be a massive crowd there. Trump’s also going to go to Tampa, Florida, and the border,” he said.
He then asked Schlapp, whose wife, Mercedes Schlapp, was a senior Trump administration official, how excited he feels about the return of these rallies.
In responding, the American Conservative Union chairman then dropped the speaker bombshell.
“His travel is coinciding with these different congressional races. There’s a lot of buzz out there that Donald Trump would even be potentially someone they crown as the speaker of the House if the Republicans get the majority back,” Schlapp said.
He cautioned however that this isn’t a confirmed fact, though he did argue that it inspires “an interesting conversation about Trump inserting himself in the fight for the Republicans to get back the majority.”
“He’s going to be a big boost to the elephant’s chances to do that. I think there’s a high probability they take back the House. These rallies are going to be a real balm, a real sense of comfort for 75 million Americans who feel canceled, feel like he’s been canceled,” he said.
Continuing, he added, “And so I feel like these rallies are going to have a tremendous injection of positive energy into our politics. And Nancy Pelosi better beware, because they have embraced these radical concepts. It’s just not where America is.”
This is reflected in part in President Joe Biden’s disapproval rating, which has climbed from an average of 36 percent in late January to a record 43.4 percent as of June 16th, according to data from RealClearPolitics.
It’s also reflected in growing complaints about inflation, about higher taxes, about the border crisis and about rampant crime.
There’s also growing concern about the administration’s adoption of nanny-state policies like a menthol cigarette ban that critics argue would lead to more law enforcement activities against blacks, and discriminatory policies like race-based assistance programs.
Schlapp believes that, of these myriads of issues, immigration may be the clincher.
“[T]his issue really impacts those who live around the border, especially in Texas, which has the biggest bulk of the border. And it affects minority communities. I think the idea of an orderly immigration, legal immigration system, is very popular with people who live in these border states and the minority communities around the border,” he said.
Continuing, he added, “I think what you’re going to see is a continual drive of people of color to the Republican Party because they’re for common sense ideas like an orderly immigration system, a closed border. They’re for families, they’re for small businesses, they’re for faith.”
This is true. Multiple studies have shown that far-left “progressives” comprise just a tiny minority of the U.S. population. Most Americans are more centered, which is why the Democrat Party’s embrace of radical policies could backfire.
“[T]he Democrat Party’s embrace of radicalism is not gonna work well with these voters. You’ll see our numbers go up in these communities,” Schlapp predicted.
In fact, the Republican Party’s numbers in these communities is already up through the roof thanks to former President Trump and also thanks to Biden, whose policies are slowly pushing away minorities:
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In a March interview with New York magazine, pollster David Shor warned that the Democrat Party’s embrace of socialism and the “defund the police” movement has hurt its image in the eyes of minorities.
“We raised the salience of an ideologically charged issue that millions of nonwhite voters disagreed with us on. And then, as a result, these conservative Hispanic voters who’d been voting for us despite their ideological inclinations started voting more like conservative whites,” he said.
He added that this can’t be blamed on so-called “disinformation.”
“That is beyond the margin of what can plausibly be changed by investing more in Spanish media. And I don’t think a shift that large can be plausibly attributed to what was said in WhatsApp groups or not buying enough in YouTube ads. I think the problem is more fundamental,” he explained.
Indeed, the problem is that the Democrat Party has gone cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs — and, judging by its continual embrace of questionable ideas like halting the construction of jails, has no intention of correcting itself anytime soon.
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