House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went into the 2020 elections amid confident predictions that her party would further build on its majority. Unfortunately, for the speaker and her Democratic colleagues, that didn’t happen, as Democrats instead lost a shocking number of seats.
According to Just The News, a new report suggests that come next year, former President Donald Trump will be in a position to inflict even more damage on his political opponents, thanks in part to his ‘kingmaker’ reputation and his massive campaign war chest.
Newly-revealed campaign finance reports disclosed over the weekend indicated that Trump has managed to amass a campaign war chest worth in excess of $102 million, with $82 million of that total being raised this year alone.
The mountain of money was brought in by two political action committees that he founded — Save America and Make America Great Again — as well as a joint GOP fundraising committee.
Trump the “kingmaker”
The funds not only allow Trump to threaten Democrats in the lead up to the 2022 midterms but it also means that the former president will be in a position to back his favored GOP primary challengers, and all but guarantee they have the resources to defeat any opponent.
According to the Washington Examiner, former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that Trump will play a “kingmaker” role over the next year.
In March, the Daily Caller compiled a list of candidates that Trump had endorsed, and it included former U.S. Marine and White House senior adviser Max Miller.
Miller is fighting a primary battle against Rep. Anthony Gonzalez in Ohio’s 16th congressional district. Gonzalez was among a small number of Republican House members who voted to impeach Trump for a second time.
There might be a catch
“He’s a grandstanding RINO [Republican in name only] — not respected in D.C. — who voted for the unhinged, unconstitutional, illegal impeachment,” Trump told the audience at the time.
However, receiving Trump’s endorsement provides no guarantee of success, as a recent high-profile election in Texas proved. Susan Wright, the widow of the late Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX), was a Trump-backed candidate in Texas.
However, voters in that district decided in a special election last month to go with state Rep. Jake Ellzey (R), backing him over Wright by a margin of six points, the Texas Tribune reported.