The former president has been busy with his political plans and has met with several Republican Party officials recently who have come to “kiss the ring” in Mar-a-Lago.
“The party chairwoman, the top two House Republicans, the senior senator from South Carolina and a coterie of other former aides and advisers have all made appearances at Mar-a-Lago, offering their counsel and seeking the favor of a former president who many believe controls the short-term fortunes of GOP candidates up and down the ballot — and has made it clear he plans to use that power,” the Washington Post reported on Saturday.
As reported earlier here, Donald Trump has been getting ready to go to “war” with the Republican Party.
“According to three people familiar with the planning, Trump will soon begin vetting candidates at Mar-a-Lago who are eager to fulfill his promise to exact vengeance upon incumbent Republicans who’ve scorned him, and to ensure every open GOP seat in the 2022 midterms has a MAGA-approved contender vying for it,” Politico reported.
The goal of this “war,” however, is to purge weak Republicans and get victories for those candidates who are serious about reforms.
“President Trump was committed to the Republican Party, not only that, he wants to make sure the Republican Party win back the House of Representatives and the US Senate in 2022,” Senior Trump advisor Jason Miller said in an interview with Sky News in Australia.
There are now details about what this process entails: A Trump-backed plan that is being compared to the 1994 “Contract with America,” which the Gingrich-led Republicans used to secure a “red wave” election.
Trump “discussed drafting a new ‘America First’ agenda — like the 1994 ‘Contract with America,’ but focused on issues such as border security and trade — to steer the party’s direction,” the WaPo report cited per South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
“He is going to be very involved,” Graham said.
The ‘America First’ agenda’s focus on border security and trade would prove similar to the populist agenda that Donald Trump rode to victory in 2016. And while Biden miraculously eeked out a victory with improbable victories in key swing states, the Republicans cleaned House and threatened even take the lower Chamber of Congress and probably should have retained the U.S. Senate. The GOP took all 27 “toss up” districts up to now, in addition to seven seats that were “likely Democrat.” The Republicans flipped 15 seats and gained 12 seats.