Donald Trump may still be deprived of his Facebook and Twitter accounts, but his influence is not waning within the Republican Party. The former president is actively campaigning for the head of No. 3 Tory Liz Cheney, who voted for his impeachment in the House. And Dick Cheney’s daughter’s days seem numbered, with a vote likely to remove her from her post as House Republican Speaker next week.
For weeks, Donald Trump has been multiplying murderous press releases. “Liz Cheney is a warmonger fool who has nothing to do with the Republican Party hierarchy,” wrote the resident of Mar-a-Lago. Who called on his troops to vote for the young representative of New York Elise Stefanik, a faithful Trumpian who had supported the sling against the validation of the results after the attack on the Capitol.
Republican elected officials don’t really have a choice. While Donald Trump remains the most popular figure among voters, anyone who is not with him is against him. Republican House leaders Kevin McCarthy, number one, and Steve Scalise, number two, have already said this week that Liz Cheney no longer has parliamentary group support and that a vote is expected next Tuesday or Wednesday.
Yet the Trump-McCarthy relationship is complex. In the midst of an attack on the Capitol, Kevin McCarthy would have, according to CNN, begged Donald Trump to recall his supporters. He would have gone so far as to shout “Who the fuck do you think you’re talking to”, when the president implied that the demonstrators were doing more than him to defend the election. But McCarthy has since taken it upon himself, including traveling to Mar-a-Lago in January to plan the Republicans’ strategy to regain control of the House in 2022 with the help of Donald Trump. This week, Ted Cruz came to Florida to kiss the ring of his former nemesis.
Had a great dinner tonight with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago.
He’s in great spirits! We spent the evening talking about working together to re-take the House & Senate in 2022. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/OdtUBxHGSn
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 5, 2021
“History will judge us”
Liz Cheney, she refuses to surrender without a fight. “We Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose the truth” or “join Trump’s crusade to delegitimize the outcome” of the presidential election. “History will judge us,” she wrote on Wednesday in the Washington Post. There is hardly that the rebellious Mitt Romney, himself booed – to the delight of Donald Trump – by Republican voters in Utah to salute the “courage” of the one who “refuses to lie”.
For Donald Trump, the real test will take place during the midterms of November 2022. These are traditionally difficult for the party in power, and if the Republicans manage to return to the majority with his help, he will be more than ever the big favorite to win the Republican nomination in 2024. Meanwhile, as the wet season begins in Florida, Donald Trump has packed his bags for his New Jersey golf club. History to get a little closer to Washington.