In the aftermath of the 2020 Election, it appeared that numerous Republicans turned their backs on Donald Trump. Never have we seen members of a party so quickly turn on one of their own. Republicans, including Trump’s former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, claimed he let the party down and that it should move on. Others have signaled similar sentiments.
But not every Republican appears to feel that way. After all, 75 million Americans voted for Trump. That has to mean something to Republicans still in need to support. If they want to continue in the party, they’ll have to win over these voters. That means, they might be looking to Donald Trump for influence and endorsement.
Knowing that, Newt Gingrich seems to believe in the importance of Trump’s future with the GOP.
Gingrich described Trump’s “reach” in the party as “enormous” despite some of the recent infighting following his Senate impeachment trial. He added nobody in the GOP, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), “can fight him.”
… “And it’s also a reminder that there is sort of an establishment insider party that sits around at cocktail parties in Washington. And then there’s this huge country outside of Washington. And that country in 2015, by about two to one, did not like the Republican leadership in the Congress, and that was the forerunner of us ending up with Trump as the presidential nominee.”
He continued, “I think … [Kevin] McCarthy has been much smarter as the House Republican leader to recognize his ability to get the extra seats rests almost entirely on working with Trump — not picking a fight with him.” [Source: Breitbart]
Gingrich seems to be echoing what we’ve seen in recent polls. Trump’s post-impeachment approval within the Republican Party is sky-high, while the approval of his opponents like Mitch McConnell is in the toilet. Trump is a favorite for a 2024 primary run, at around 50%+, while other critics—like Nikki Haley—are enjoying a dismal 8%.
Trump continued influence in the party is evidenced by his upcoming appearance at the conservative event CPAC. It Trump was really what the left said he was: a terrible president who ended his career in impeachment and disgrace, there is no way a leading conservative conference would want him to speak. But it’s clear that his first major speech since leaving office will be a high-anticipated event, for more than just Republicans.
It’s interesting that Gingrich is calling out the rift within the Republican Party. He claims that many in D.C. are part of an “insider party” that “sits around at cocktail parties,” wholly cut off from what real Americans think or want. Then, there are the millions of Americans all over the country, who truly believe in conservative values. Those people still love Trump.
Those “insiders”? They were all quick to abandon Trump after the election, even jump on the left’s bandwagon to attack him. They clearly don’t realize how much voters still love Trump—and how much they despise the D.C. swamp.
Maybe if they were smart, these Republicans would listen to Newt.