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.
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.
In an awkward moment, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) disagree about whether former President Trump should participate in CPAC. pic.twitter.com/J43K3ZH0QD
— The Recount (@therecount) February 24, 2021
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.
The Republican Party is the Party of Trump! #AmericaFirst 💪🇺🇸🦅
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 25, 2021
President Trump is the leader of the Republican Party.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 24, 2021
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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