A new survey out this week by Quinnipiac University proves — again — who the titular leader of the Republican Party is.
You get one guess, and his name is not Mitch McConnell or Mitt Romney.
That’s right, it’s former President Donald Trump, and it’s not even close. In fact, according to the survey, fully two-thirds of Republican voters want Trump to run again in 2024.
“The numbers fly in the face of any predictions that Donald Trump’s political future is in decline,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy. “By a substantial majority, Republicans: (1) believe the election was stolen from him, (2) want Trump to run again, and (3), if they can’t vote for Trump, prefer someone who agrees with him.”
You know who is also not the titular head of the Republican Party? RINO Paul Ryan, the former Speaker and VP nom who went ‘rogue’ after cruising to victories amid the Tea Party movement, now considered to be the ideological key to Trump’s 2016 victory and his continued appeal to the GOP base.
Nevertheless, Ryan expects to peel away Trump’s legions of supporters with a speech at, of all places, the Reagan Library.
“If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or on second-rate imitations, then we’re not going anywhere,” Ryan will say according to speech excerpts released to Punchbowl News.
That is and of itself is a ‘tell’ — Punchbowl News was founded by left-wing insider-DC journalists, and yet Ryan’s people leaked his speech to them.
In any event, Ryan will also dispense is infinite political wisdom to Republicans, telling them they will need to focus on “conservative principles” while being “agreeable” (code for RINO).
“We win majorities by directing our loyalty and respect to voters, and by staying faithful to the conservative principles that unite us,” he will say. “This was true even when the person leading our movement was as impressive, polished, and agreeable as they come.”
Breitbart News adds:
President Joe Biden, Ryan will argue, won in 2020 by projecting himself as a “nice guy” who would move the country to the center but instead pursued a more leftist agenda than voters thought he would.
“These policies might have the full approval of his progressive supporters, but they break faith with the middle-of-the-road folks who made the difference for him on Election Day,” he’ll say.
As the Quinnipiac survey shows, Republican voters are in Trump’s corner — solidly, convincingly, and in the same numbers this week as earlier surveys in December and January. Translation: Republican voters are sick and tired of “RINO-ism,” which they got plenty of from Ryan, who wouldn’t deliver on Trump’s pledges while he controlled the House, and Romney. Together the two of them got something like 15 million fewer votes than Trump in 2020.
Secondly, Trump’s policies and his agenda were both as conservative as it comes. This crap from establishment Republicans who continually insinuate that he is more of a “populist” than a conservative in terms of policies is classic propaganda. Trump’s law enforcement, border security and enforcement, pro-economic growth, low tax, pro-defense, America-First trade policies are all pillars of GOP conservatism — or at least they used to be before Trump took over the party.
It’s pretty plain by now that the RINOs are outsiders and they’re going to remain outsiders for the foreseeable future. But as Ryan will demonstrate, that isn’t going to stop them from trying to remain relevant.