With more than a year left before the midterm elections get underway, campaign plans are already being drawn up on both sides of the aisle.
According to The Hill, former President Donald Trump is gearing up to be a central figure in the push to return a congressional majority to the Republican Party.
“Particularly in the races that he really cares about”
As one Trump-affiliated political operative opined in a statement this week: “Expect the unexpected with Donald Trump, and I say that as a positive.”
While the jury is still out regarding a possible 2024 White House bid, the unnamed ally predicted that the former president will be hitting the “campaign trail pretty aggressively” in the months leading up to the midterms.
“I suspect he’ll probably get involved in a few other races before the end of the cycle is said and over, and I think he’s going to do what he can to get his people across the finish line, particularly in the races that he really cares about,” the source continued.
Republican strategist Scott Jennings expressed a similar viewpoint, declaring: “The idea that there was going to be a whole election cycle that Donald Trump wasn’t going to try to put himself at the center of, it just wasn’t a reasonable expectation.”
To that end, Jennings described Trump’s objective as a desire to “be the head of the Republican Party.”
Trump’s likely political plans
Of course, not everyone on the right believes a Trump-centric election cycle is a good thing for the GOP. One anonymous source warned that a focus on the former president could boost Democratic voter turnout.
In addition to backing new candidates, Trump has indicated that he intends to work against some of his critics in the GOP by backing their primary challengers.
Among those he is said to be particularly interested in seeing defeated are Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), both of whom supported his impeachment following the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Although it remains uncertain to what extent, it seems clear that Trump will remain a force to be reckoned with inside GOP politics for the foreseeable future.