As the Republican cult of Donald Trump gathers in Orlando, Fla., to literally worship the golden Trump idol and hear the golden-faced, twice impeached former president speak at CPAC, not all Republicans are on board the reelection train.
Allies of GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois are launching a new super PAC to collect large sums of money to support Republicans willing to oppose the former president. It’s the latest sign that the grand old party is in for a nasty, divisive internal war. Kinzinger, along with Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, is one of the most outspoken Republican critics of Trump. Both voted in favor of his second impeachment on the charge of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection.
The Illinois congressman, who already has announced his own super PAC, Country First, in a six-minute campaign-style video, is expected to appear at fundraising events with the newly formed super PAC, called Americans Keeping Country First. According to documents reviewed by the Washington Post, founders of the group also are launching a sister nonprofit group that they say will “build a grass roots army.” They’re using the nonprofit vehicle because they would not be required to disclose the identity of their contributors, a move that could provide significant cover for Trump opponents who fear his wrath.
Both organizations will be able to accept unlimited financial contributions. Their aim is to mobilize the kinds of big money anti-Trump political activists and supporters who backed the now greatly diminished Lincoln Project. A large-scale fundraising campaign of this type surely will be needed as Trump looks to maintain his grip on the party through his massive money making machine.