Former President Donald Trump has now been acquitted again after facing his second impeachment vote, although seven Republicans crossed party lines to vote in favor of conviction.
Now, reports indicate that Trump’s attention is shifting toward addressing the political futures of those GOP lawmakers who sided with Democrats.
Primary challenges begin
The Washington Examiner cited speculation in the nation’s capital that the former president is set to launch a public campaign in opposition of 10 House Republicans who voted in support of the article of impeachment last month — starting with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).
With limited, indirect access to social media, any such effort at campaign revenge would likely be relegated to in-person, public events.
In any case, Trump is said to be compiling a list of possible targets of an effort to be undertaken by himself, his sons, and other staunch supporters and including stops in the home districts of pro-impeachment Republicans up for re-election.
As for Cheney’s race, the embattled chair of the House GOP conference is facing off against a Trump-friendly challenger who recently stepped up as a primary challenger.
Republican state Sen. Anthony Bouchard has already begun to circulate a petition and coordinate fundraising efforts to support mounting calls for her to be voted out of office in the upcoming election cycle.
Poll shows rebounding Trump support
In a recent campaign email to supporters, Bouchard wrote: “I’m asking MAGA Americans to help me ‘Impeach’ Liz Cheney next election when we the people, FIRE her!”
He went on to declare that she “backstabbed President Trump” by voting in favor of impeachment.
“Our country is on the line,” the state lawmaker concluded. “Weak-kneed Deep-state ‘Republicans’ like Liz Cheney and her fellow pro-impeachment pal Mitt Romney won’t save this country.”
Of course, the election is still nearly two years away and some pundits believe the impeachment will have long been overshadowed by the time the congressional primary campaign starts. Others believe that the establishment wing of the GOP, including Cheney, will regain influence in the party over that of the movement brought on by the Trump administration.
That might be wishful thinking, though, considering the results of a recent Morning Consult poll that found Trump’s support within the Republican Party has already returned to pre-impeachment levels after dipping over the past several weeks.