If there’s anyone who knows how to keep an audience in suspense, it’s Donald Trump. The master negotiator was also the face of a groundbreaking—and wildly popular—reality show. As president, he knew how to keep his rivals guessing and foreign countries on their toes.
So, we shouldn’t be surprised that he isn’t officially announcing his intentions for 2024.
It’s safe to say that, right now, millions of Americans would vote for Trump if he ran again. But 2024 is still three years away. Who knows what the country will look like by then—and who will be the key movers and shakers in the GOP?
For now, however, Trump is keeping America in suspense while focusing his energy on the 2022 midterms. Some Republicans were hoping Trump would dispel some of the rumor this weekend, when he gave a speech to donors.
But it doesn’t look like Trump is playing by the party’s rules, as usual.
Trump veered sharply from prepared remarks Saturday night and instead slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as a “stone-cold loser” and mocked McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who was Trump’s Transportation secretary.
Trump also said he was “disappointed” in his vice president, Mike Pence…
Ahead of his latest attack on fellow Republicans, Trump’s team reported that his remarks were intended to reinforce his continued leadership role in Republican affairs, a sharp break from past presidents. [Source: Los Angeles Times]
The party was expecting Trump to deliver a nice, safe speech in which he praised GOP leadership and “united” the group. Instead, he took the time to call out Republicans who abandoned him when he needed them the most, including former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Various reports are coming out of the closed-door event. Some of them are conflicting, based on which outlet is reporting them. But it’s clear that Trump did not play nice, as some of the GOP leaders wanted him to.
It seems like some within the party thinks it’s “business as usual.” Get the former, but still popular, Republican president to give a speech, rake in the cash, and plan for the next election. But Trump doesn’t seem interested in placating those who sabotaged the 2020 Election.
He is all-in for helping true conservatives win in future elections. But there seems to be a clear attempt by the 45th president to weed out those Republicans who still serve the desires of the swamp.
Trump appeared to rattle some cages with his speech. But should that surprise anyone? Trump has always been a make who shoots straight, speaks his mind, and gets things done. And he’s far more interested in appeal to and helping real Americans, than kissing the butts of the pampered elite.
This speech is just more signs that the GOP is changing. It is no longer the corrupt, elitist group that panders to the rich—but a party that seeks to put working Americans first and deflate crooked D.C.
At least, as long as Trump has anything to say about it.
Author: Jay Gastone