Donald Trump may have suffered a loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 White House race, but looking to the 2022 midterms and beyond, the former president seems poised to come roaring back into the political spotlight — and pundits say Republican voters couldn’t be more excited about it.
In a column for National Interest last week, Christian Whiton said the GOP “is in great shape going into midterm elections next year and in setting the stage for the 2024 presidential election,” and in all cases, Trump is the key to victory.
Writing Thursday, Whiton said much to Democrats’ dismay, the Republican Party is “flourishing” even after Trump’s loss. “Staying the course” — and following Trump’s lead — “will propel it to victory,” Whiton added of the GOP.
“The extremism of the Democrats, coupled with most Republicans’ desire to retain what is best about Trumpism, forecast successful GOP outcomes in 2022 and 2024,” the former White House adviser for both Trump and President George W. Bush wrote. “The GOP isn’t about to go extinct. It’s flourishing more than ever.”
GOP maintains “a willingness to fight”
Whiton also wrote Thursday that opposition from within the Republican Party, including from the likes of Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), isn’t strong enough to overcome “Trumpism” and its stamp on the GOP.
“Trumpism isn’t a set of specific policies, but a willingness to fight, a refusal to accept the terms of political debate set by the Democrats and the media, and a realignment of the party toward blue-collar workers,” Whiton wrote. And if the polls are any indication, Republican voters seem to be all for it.
According to the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard, nearly 3 in 4 GOP voters want Trump to run for president again in 2024, and more than 8 in 10 — 83% — “would vote for him in the 2024 general election,” if he threw his hat in the ring.
The former president hasn’t confirmed his plans for 2024 one way or the other, but insiders have reportedly said he’s “seriously considering” it.
“He says he’s going to run, so we’ll see,” former White House physician Ronny Jackson told Business Insider. “He’s seriously considering it — he’s probably going to do it — so we’ll see what happens… Just riding off in the sunset is not the way he’s wired.”
Dems forced to run on sinking economy
In Whiton’s eyes, part of the reason for Trump’s continued popularity in the polls may be that voters are simply fed up with policies from Democrats who want to “indulge their most radical instincts.”
“The result so far has been the early onset of inflation, which amounts to a tax hike — one, incidentally, that hurts the poor the most,” Whiton noted. “Gas prices are out of control,” he added.
“Every class of assets in America, especially equities and housing, has been radically inflated by bad policy, setting the stage for crisis,” he continued for National Interest. Hopefully, voters will recognize it and make a change in Washington before it’s too late.