(NewsReady.com) – Former president Donald Trump might be out of office, but he isn’t out of politics. He’s still the unquestioned leader of the Republican Party, and he’s working to solidify that position ahead of a possible new White House run in 2024.
Trump’s main opposition in the GOP comes from the 10 renegade House Republicans who voted with the Democrats to impeach him in January – but he’s pushing back against their influence and working to sideline them. Trump has called for candidates to run against them at next year’s midterm elections, promising his endorsement to anyone who takes up the challenge, and there’s been no shortage of volunteers.
— Son of Liberty (@flyby2474) November 18, 2021
The strategy seems to be paying off. In September, one of the rebels, Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), announced he won’t be running for reelection next year. In October, he was joined by Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). Trump’s response was “2 down, 8 to go!”
Now, the former president’s sights are trained squarely on Liz Cheney (R-WY), who like Kinzinger, sits on the House committee investigating January’s Capitol riot. The Wyoming Republican Party voted last week to stop recognizing Cheney as a Republican, and Trump has endorsed Harriet Hageman to run against her. On November 15, he also endorsed John Gibbs in his challenge to Peter Meijer (R-MI).
Gonzalez and Kinzinger didn’t mention Trump’s hostility as a reason for stepping down, although Gonzalez did complain about the “toxic dynamics” in the party. But, it certainly can’t have done much to persuade them to run again. How many of the renegades will end up running for reelection next year – and will any of them succeed?
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