Former President Donald Trump reportedly plans to use his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference to make clear that he is still at the top of the Republican Party.
Trump’s speech is set to be a “show of force,” according to one of his advisers, with Trump making clear that he “may not have Twitter or the Oval Office,” but he is “still in charge.” The former president also plans to assert that he is the “presumptive 2024 nominee” for the GOP, pointing to his overwhelming support from the party’s base and grassroots organizers.
Trump is also set to meet with his closest advisers to plot a political course forward this week, with a focus on the 2022 midterm elections. Trump plans to endorse primary challengers to Republicans he feels betrayed him in the weeks following last month’s Capitol riot.
“Trump effectively is the Republican Party,” Trump senior adviser Jason Miller told Axios of the former president’s future plans. “The only chasm is between Beltway insiders and grassroots Republicans around the country. When you attack President Trump, you’re attacking the Republican grassroots.”
That reality has already played out for the small number of Republicans who voted to impeach or convict Trump after the riot, with many facing censures and harsh criticism from the grassroots of the GOP back in their home states.