Nearly two months after leaving office, former President Donald Trump has made it clear that he intends to remain an influential presence within the GOP.
On Tuesday, his latest statement called on conservatives to stop sending donations to establishment Republicans and instead send contributions to his political action committee, Save America PAC.
“Stronger than ever before”
In an email to supporters, Trump took aim at so-called “Republicans in Name Only,” a term frequently used to disparage GOP officials deemed insufficiently conservative.
“No more money for RINOS,” he wrote. “They do nothing but hurt the Republican Party and our great voting base — they will never lead us to Greatness.”
With his coalition directing the party’s future, Trump declared: “We will bring it all back stronger than ever before.”
The message comes following a fiery speech at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference in which he named a number of GOP lawmakers he believes should face primary challenges ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
“The Democrats don’t have grand-standers like Mitt Romney, little Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey; and in the House, Tom Rice, South Carolina, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Newhouse, Anthony Gonzalez,” the ex-president declared. “Fred Upton, Jamie Herrera Butler, Peter Meyer, John Katko, David Valadeo.”
“It’s becoming a party of love”
He specifically aimed his opprobrium at “the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney,” referring to the Wyoming Republican congresswoman who led a group of GOP lawmakers in voting to impeach him earlier this year.
“How about that?” Trump asked. “The good news is in her state, she’s been censured. And in her state, her poll numbers have dropped faster than any human being I’ve ever seen. So hopefully, they’ll get rid of her with the next election. Get rid of them all.”
He went on to stress the perceived need for preserving the future of the Republican Party “as a party that defends the social, economic, and cultural interests and values” of all Americans.
“That’s why the party is growing so rapidly and is becoming a different party,” Trump added. “And it’s becoming a party of love.”
As evidence that he continues to command a significant following within the GOP, a straw poll of CPAC attendees found that 55% want to see him receive the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.