Former President Donald Trump continues to mount his political comeback, and whether he runs for a second term or plays the role of kingmaker, he’s going to remain active in Republican Party politics, much to the chagrin of the establishment swamp rats like Rep. Liz Cheney and Sen. Mitt Romney.
And one of the first things Trump plans to do is get the old band back together, so to speak, as he prepares to form and launch a new super PAC. Politico reports that, according to sources close to the ex-president, he is tapping former 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to lead it.
“The decision was made in a multi-hour meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Thursday,” Politico added. “Trump gathered his top political lieutenants, including Donald Trump Jr., former campaign manager Bill Stepien, former deputy campaign manager Justin Clark, former campaign manager Brad Parscale, former White House social media director Dan Scavino and senior adviser Jason Miller. Alex Cannon, an attorney who has been advising the Trump team on the post-White House plans, was also present.”
In a statement to Politico, Miller said: “MAGA supporters and candidates supporting President Trump’s America First agenda are going to be impressed with the political operation being built out here. We expect formal announcements of the full team in the coming weeks, which will include some very talented operatives not yet named.”
Thursday’s meeting, the outlet reported, was organized by Donald Trump Jr., who told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday evening that his father has shown Republicans how to win, not “lose gracefully.”
According to the report, Stepien and Clark will be leading the search for candidates the ex-president will support and endorse in 2022 and beyond. Trump as kingmaker is already a hot commodity for GOP incumbents and hopefuls who will no doubt continue to carry the former president’s ‘America First’ message moving forward.
“Trump has endorsed several candidates up for election in 2022, including Arkansas gubernatorial hopeful and ex-White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran,” Politico noted.
It’s a pretty safe bet that Trump won’t be endorsing Cheney, who already has a primary challenger after she voted to impeach Trump last month, falsely claiming that he was responsible for ‘inciting insurrection’ at the U.S. Capitol: Republican State Sen. Anthony Bouchard.
Oh, and he’s already up by double digits.
“I expect Never Trumpers to do this stuff. But Cheney should be run out of town, and back to Virginia for joining the blame game!” Bouchard wrote on Facebook after Cheney’s vote.
Cheney has also been censured by the Wyoming Republican Party.
“By announcing her decision to vote for impeachment Representative Cheney denied President Trump due process; she judged the ‘evidence’ before it was presented and refused to listen to the arguments made,” the Wyoming GOP released in a statement earlier this month.
Trump’s vast base of voters is still angry over what they fervently believe was an election rigged against Trump (and which Time magazine appears to have substantiated earlier this month). With polling data indicating that the GOP is still very much Trump’s party, we expect the line of Republican candidates to his door at Mar-a-Lago to be long.