Former President Donald Trump may not run for president in 2024 or ever again, according to a recently published analysis that drew no shortage of responses (both positive and negative — and all were welcome, by the way).
But that doesn’t mean the man’s influence within the Republican Party is waning.
We already know from subsequent polls taken over the past few months that Republican voters remain fiercely loyal to the former president. But more than that, even, they are supportive of his ‘America First’ policy agenda, meaning they’re not likely to warm back up to RINO policy stew cooked up by the likes of the Bush dynasty or Sens. Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse anytime soon.
That has become evident, again, based on the effect of Trump’s backing in an Ohio race featuring a GOP incumbent who voted to impeach him.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Republican Max Miller is poised to ride an endorsement from Donald Trump to victory over Rep. Anthony Gonzalez in a GOP primary in Ohio, a contest unfolding as a clear test of the former president’s influence with grassroots conservatives.
Miller, a 32-year-old former Trump White House aide, was endorsed by the former president soon after announcing for the Cleveland-area 16th Congressional District. Trump was intent on getting revenge on Gonzalez, a second-term congressman among the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him in the waning days of his administration for allegedly inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump’s swift endorsement of Miller has, so far, kept other Republicans who might want to challenge Gonzalez, 36, out of the race. Party insiders are skeptical that will change, setting up a one-on-one contest between pro-Trump and anti-Trump candidates on track to reveal how much punch the former president has in GOP primaries post-White House.
“Gonzalez is on life support,” noted high-ranking Ohio Republican; the Gonzales campaign, meanwhile, declined to comment.
Two things the former president seems capable of accomplishing just by giving candidates his endorsement: 1) Instant credibility with ‘America First’ voters; and 2) Trump’s endorsement winnows the field by keeping other GOP candidates out, making it easier for America First voters to make their choices.
In addition to his vote to impeach Trump, Gonzales was also one of 35 House Republicans to vote with Democrats to create a bogus ‘commission’ that will ‘examine the origins’ of the Jan. 6 riot. As Sen. Marco Rubio has said, this commission is nothing but a political cudgel Democrats will use to go after Trump’s supporters.
Meanwhile, another Trump impeachment supporter, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, is facing stiff competition from GOP primary contenders as well. We know this because ‘the media’ is already going after him.
The Hill reported Friday that Wyoming state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, who is a major ally of the former president, “impregnated” a 14-year-old girl when he was 18. The story goes on to say that Bouchard admitted as much and that he said he married the girl, who was not named and has since committed suicide (not due to their marriage).
“It’s amazing that they look at things so negatively. So bottom line is it’s a story when I was young, two teenagers, girl gets pregnant,” Bouchard said. “You’ve heard those stories before. She was a little younger than me, so it’s like the Romeo and Juliet story.”
The point is, Bouchard is leading Cheney early in the polls; Bouchard is a Trump ally — so of course, the media is now going after him.
What better way to prove the former president retains his influence of a party he has remade in his mold?
ARTICLE SOURCE : TRENDINGPOLITICS.COM