Former President Donald Trump has been uncharacteristically quiet since exiting the White House last week, as rumors swirl about his future plans.
Confirming reports from earlier in the week, Trump has decided to throw his considerable influence behind GOP House candidates in the 2022 mid-term elections.
Earlier reports that indicated that Trump was considering forming a third-party alternative to the Republican Party were shot down by senior Trump advisor Jason Miller, who said Sunday that Trump “has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022.”
Trump to back GOP in 2022
The confirmation of Trump’s plans comes after the former president met with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) at Mar-A-Lago on Thursday.
“Today, President Trump committed to helping elect Republicans in the House and Senate in 2022. A Republican majority will listen to our fellow Americans and solve the challenges facing our nation,” McCarthy said in a statement Thursday.
According to Newsmax, Trump’s political action committee Save America PAC also confirmed the news, saying, “President Trump has agreed to work with Leader McCarthy on helping the Republican Party to become a majority in the House.”
“They worked very well together in the last election and picked up at least 15 seats when most predicted it would be the opposite,” the PAC announcement continued. “They will do so again, and the work has already started.”
GOP + Trump
The meeting between McCarthy and Trump was described by the PAC as “a very good and cordial one,” even though McCarthy was among the Republicans who distanced themselves from the president after the Capitol riot on January 6. McCarthy had said shortly afterward that Trump “bears some responsibility” for the violent riot and called for the president to be censured, though he did not support the impeachment.
Now, however, Republican leaders appear to be realizing that groveling before Democrats and the media isn’t a winning strategy. And they’re also realizing that their constituents aren’t interested in that either — they’re firmly on Trump’s side.
As one local Republican party leader put it to Politico: “There is a level of support for this president more than during the election.”
McCarthy, at least, seems to be taking the hint. “United and ready to win in ’22,” he tweeted on Thursday.
United and ready to win in ’22. https://t.co/YJWqCdBrCh
— Kevin McCarthy (@kevinomccarthy) January 28, 2021