GOP 2.0 Is Trending — But Nobody Seems To Be Buying It
Can there be a new, Trump-free Republican Party? It’s clear that there are a group of voters, and of elected officials, who hope so, but it doesn’t look like the majority are buying it. Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan says that GOP 2.0 is the goal, and in his new book, and in interviews, he’s laying out his vision.
Still, it doesn’t seem to have a lot of momentum, and on social media, it’s trending with users who say they’re not interested.
Duncan appeared on Meet the Press recently to speak about election laws and other matters.
He declared that while he believes most Americans see Republicans as the best choice for keeping communities safe and running the economy, divisive lies since the 2020 election may be turning people away.
“We’re the party of solutions,” Duncan said, “and we need to be focused on that.”
However, when the news hit Twitter’s trending topics on Monday, the majority of responses were not affirmative, but divided between voters on the left, who say they’re not interested in any kind of Republican Party, with or without Trump, and voters on the right, saying they’re not interested in moving the party away from the former president.
It's impossible for them to rebrand themselves while Trump remains as much a part of them as he is. They had their chance(s) to reform over the years and failed every time.
— Timothy Collins (@wookietim) May 17, 2021
GOP 2.0 😂
It's pretty damned hilarious that the GOP would try to sell themselves as new & improved with a tech term that's over 20 years old.
So on point for them… Even their rebranding is stuck in the past – just like their racism, misogyny, lies, voter suppression…
— Steph On The Left Ω (@floradoragirl) May 17, 2021
Duncan's GOP 2.0 suggests he's not looking to start a new, breakaway party. His goal, he said, is rather to heal and rebuild the current Republican Party by "reminding Americans [of] the value of conservative policies through genuine empathy and a respectful tone."
— Sharon Stout (@sharonstout18) May 17, 2021
GOP 2.0? Whatever that means…let's not forget the steady GOP march of racism, tax cuts & loopholes for the rich, anti-democratic moves, anti-intellectualism, and increasing minority rule that's been happening for the last 50 years. Never vote R, not even "principled" R
— Legal Lyon 🗽🇺🇸 (@LegalLyon) May 17, 2021
You're missing that there is no GOP 2.0. It's the same GOP. The lack of nature was finally allowed to express it's voice. It's not like a large proportion of the voter base changed or anything
— Office of the former king of the USA! (@Chilort) May 17, 2021
The GOP: Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV
The GOP 2.0: Pedophile. Space Laser. White Supremacist. Camera. TV
— Exploding Space Pillow Singh, MD 🌊 (@labyrinthweaver) May 17, 2021
And here are a few examples of the folks who say they’re sticking with Trump:
To Geoff Duncan & the rest of the cowards talking about a new party GOP 2.0 without Trump,
There is no need for you to do any planning or work you already have a name & everyone knows what you stand for RINOS !
We won’t miss you 👋 & never consider you part of the party anyways
— Ginger Gano ♥️ (@GingerGano) May 17, 2021
There is no GOP 2.0. There are those of us who are willing to fight for our nation and those who are willing to cave to the Democrats to make themselves rich.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) May 17, 2021
Georgia's Lt Governor, RINO 🦏 Geoff Duncan, will NOT run for re-election‼️
Great News for GA 🍑 💯
He will instead work on GOP 2.0 😆
You can't this stuff up‼️ He has proven he is NOT a Republican or a Conservative and will destroy whatever he touches. pic.twitter.com/Ji7J0hCGZH
— 🇺🇸 Crystal Carter 🇺🇸 (@CrystalCarterL) May 17, 2021
Of course, as Rolling Stone reported earlier this year, the problem with getting Republicans to leave the Party of Trump is that almost half polled said they’d do the opposite — leave the Republican Party to join a Trump Party, if he had initiated one.