Republicans Really Want Their Base To Believe Trump Is Running Again
Trump may have divided America — or at least, served as an effective mirror for showing us just how divided the nation already was — but in a very real sense, he united the Republican party, with even many of his biggest critics turning to throw their full support behind him. Now Republicans seem frantic to restore that unity, even as a portion of the party is making it clear they can no longer support the Trumpublican sect.
Donald Trump has made no official announcements about running for office in 2022, or for the presidency in 2024. However, he and his cohort are desperately trying to keep him relevant and in the spotlight, constantly dropping hints that he could run, might run, is thinking about running. They’ve floated the notion of Trump as House Speaker, conspiracy theories about a reinstatement, and of course, as 2024 Republican nominee.
Just this weekend, a few in Trump’s camp have made the effort to show the 2020 Presidential runner-up as a viable candidate in another election, without actually saying so.
Here’s Mark Meadows, appearing on Newsmax on Friday to hint that there are campaign activities underway, talking about meeting with Trump and “some of our cabinet members.” He incorrectly refers to Trump as “the President” and says he’s “not authorized” to speak on his behalf, but assured viewers “we wouldn’t be meeting tonight if we weren’t making plans to move forward in a real way.”
Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) followed this up with an Instagram story. These automatically disappear after a period of time, but you can see screenshots from it below.
The video opens as a Cawthorn selfie, then pans around the table to show others in the meeting, including Donald Trump. Just in case any viewer might otherwise miss what he’s trying to imply, Cawthorn has added text to let them know this is a “BEHIND THE SCENES” peek, and that they are “CREATING THE PLAN TO WIN.”
Still, a candidate Trump backed just lost, suggesting his influence on the party may be flagging, and he’s facing some serious legal issues. If Trump actually has any intentions of running for president or any other office, he’s sure not showing any signs of making it official.