Washington: Nearly 100 days after Joe Biden was president, former President Donald Trump was twice impeached and accused of inciting a deadly US Congressional rebellion, but he is still a stranger A strong Republican figure in the United States may enter the 2024 election.
Ensconced in his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, Trump has been releasing a stream of statements, opining on policy such as immigration or weighing in on his party, as in his Monday attack on Republicans who fail to support his false claims of 2020’s “rigged” vote.
The bombastic real estate tycoon also offers endorsements to conservatives, including those challenging establishment Republicans. And he throws red meat to the base by criticizing Biden’s “radical left” Democrats.
Although banned from Twitter, Trump reappeared on Fox News last week, providing a grievance-filled interview in which he complained he was impeached for doing “nothing wrong.”
At the same time, Republicans have flocked to Marago, seeking his lawyer or approval.
In late February, the 74-year-old returned to CPAC, which is the annual Conservative Political Federation. He hinted that he may still be the party’s future rather than the party’s recent predicament.
But Biden’s symbolic first 100 days, marked by his calm determination in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, reminded Trump of the initial chaos when the American public was impulsive and eclectic towards him. The prisoner style was outraged.
The complicated thing is that the former commander-in-chief returns to his private life, waiting for legal disasters, including investigations into his financial situation and possible allegations of tax evasion and bank fraud.
However, he showed no signs of retreating into the shadows.
Despite leaving the GOP in a manifestly weaker position — it lost the executive branch and the Senate, and failed to reclaim the House — and ending his term at a dismal 34 percent approval rating, the lowest of his presidency, Trump is still an energy that Republicans ignore at their peril.
“Is he just a faction of the Republican Party, or is he a dominant force?” Elaine Kamarck, a Brookings Institution senior fellow who writes about the American presidency, told AFP.
She and others are looking for a series of major struggles to test Trump’s influence before the president is re-elected.
The first proving ground is in Texas’s sixth congressional district on Saturday, when a crowded special election will be held to fill the seat of House Republican Ron Wright, who died in February.
Trump on Monday endorsed Wright’s widow. The ballot also features a lone anti-Trump Republican who is backed by a political group founded by a vocal Republican Trump enemy, Congressman Adam Kinzinger.
Never to shy away from a political squabble, Trump also has pledged to endorse a Republican who mounts a 2022 challenge to Liz Cheney, a member of House leadership who voted to impeach him in January.
“If he loses primaries, the politicians who watch these things will think that maybe he isn’t so scary after all,” Kamarck said of Trump.
“And if he wins them, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with.”