Seeking to consolidate his grip on the GOP despite the party’s losses in 2020, the former president raises the possibility of him running for the White House again in 2024, forcing other potential hopes like the former vice president Mike Pence, Florida Governor Ron. DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley tiptoe around the huge shadow he casts within the party.
Also on Saturday, GOP delegates to the Utah Republican Party organizing convention booed Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who voted to convict Trump in his 2020 and 2021 impeachment trials. escalated when the Utah Republican told the crowd that he was a person “who says what he thinks” and “doesn’t hide the fact that I wasn’t a fan of the latter’s character issues. President”.
“You can boo all you want, but I’ve been a Republican my whole life. My dad was governor of Michigan, my dad worked for Republican candidates he believed in,” Romney told audience of party delegates. . “I have worked for Republicans across the country and if you don’t remember I was the Republican presidential candidate in 2012.”
“I understand that I have a few people who don’t like me very much and I’m sorry about that,” he added. “But I express my mind as I just believe it and I am my conscience.”
A lonely group of strangers
At the moment, they are an isolated group of outliers. within the Republican Party – and their overlap between standing and staying in power as members of a party where conspiracy theories and lies dominate IThis will likely become more difficult as the 2022 election heats up.
But even with this pressure, Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, shows new confidence that could serve as a role model for other Trump deserters from the Republican Party, even as most members continue to pamper his lies about voter fraud and the 2020 election.
She retained her leadership position, easily surviving a secret ballot vote in February, even as members privately wonder if she can still speak for the conference. But last week, when Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy was asked at a GOP retreat whether she was still a “good candidate” for leadership, he replied: “She is a question for the conference. “
More recently, some GOP members have been angered by his rebuke of lawmakers who backed the former president’s attempt to overturn the election results.
“Obviously she has to come to the voters, but I think she certainly doesn’t speak for the vast majority of Republicans or people in my state,” said Hawley, a potential GOP presidential candidate.
Greene, a mine of conspiracy theories and a staunch supporter of Trump, has managed to raise huge sums of money from her supporters despite being removed from her post on the committee earlier this year.
The Texas special election was a first test of the power of Trump’s imprimatur to influence the results – as 23 candidates vied for the seat vacated by the late GOP Representative Ron Wright – nearly four months after the Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in their attempted insurgency. The field included a GOP candidate, small business owner and veteran Michael Wood, who called on Republicans to reject Trumpism, conspiracy theories and QAnon.
At the start of Sunday, Wood was not in contention for second place in the second round.