Is The GOP The Party Of Trump? Republicans Take Sides

Republican legislators are weighing in on whether they believe that Donald Trump should represent their party as CPAC begins. Though the party is divided on Trump, the majority of those speaking out seem to lean towards continuing to support him.

GOP is party of Trump
[Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

Trump has so completely alienated one subset of the Republican Party that there are discussions of starting a third party to handle the division between the two groups. While Trump has said he intends to stay attached to the Republican Party, not starting a new MAGA Party (at this time), a significant percentage of Republican voters say they’d change affiliation to follow him.

As seen in the clip below, the debate is also coming to a head among legislators. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) both answer the question of whether Trump should speak at CPAC.

Cheney says that she doesn’t believe Donald Trump should be playing a role in her party following the attack on Congress on January 6th. McCarthy is, of course, very supportive of Trump and says he should speak at the right-wing political conference.

Following this, some other right-wing representatives weighed in, tweeting to declare that Trump represents — or fully embodies — the Republican Party.

Notably, the same Gallup polling that shows 61% of Republican voters supporting Trump to continue as the party leader also shows about a quarter preferring that the party become more moderate, and a majority of Republican-leaning independents thinking the party news a new voice,

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