By Harry Thompson
"Donald Trump" by Gage Skidmore
An analysis of the future of Trumpism and the Republican Party following the former President’s address to the audience at CPAC.
Donald Trump attended CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) only a few days ago. His remarks involved election claims, Joe Biden and the future of the Republican Party. The former President opened his speech with: “Do you miss me yet? Do you miss me?” to which the crowed responded with an outburst of cheering.
It was evident that Trump was the main attraction for the event. With him leading Republican polls by over 50%, he made it absolutely clear that he had no intentions of starting a third party: "Let's start a new party and let's divide our vote so that you can never win. No, we're not interested in that." Trump repeatedly mulled a 2024 run throughout his address, a notable example being: "But who knows? Who knows? I may even decide to beat them for a third time, okay? For a third time."
His onslaught of election fraud claims continued throughout his 90 minutes on the stage: "I will tell you something and I said, had we had a fair election, the results would have been much different."
"Many people have asked what is 'Trumpism'... What it means is great deals, great trade deals, great ones, not deals where we give away everything, our jobs, our money, like the USMCA replacement of the horrible NAFTA. NAFTA was one of the worst deals ever made, probably the worst trade deal ever made. And we ended it."
Trump’s description of ‘Trumpism’ perfectly describes his tenure as President. He put America first, introduced protective tariffs, formed a trade deal with China and created USMCA. This type of populism paves the path to a new outlook for the Grand Old Party. It brings an end to the warmongering of the Bush era and sets a new standard for how the country should be run. Trump led attacks on GOP institution members such as Wyoming representative, Liz Cheney, after she voted to impeach Trump following the Capitol riots. "The Democrats don't have grandstanders 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, that's another beauty, Fred Upton, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Peter Meijer, John Katko, David Valadao, and of course, the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney. How about that?" He listed prime examples of Trump opponents who happen to be known as institution politicians who have been described as “squishy republicans” by Michael Knowles in the The Daily Wire.
He also discussed the ‘Trump effect’. Trump has undisputedly had great effects in the political world. His endorsement is described as ‘a powerful tool’ and many examples include the endorsement of house minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, brought him from one point down in the polls to 20 points up leading to a comfortable victory in the Kentucky senate elections and Trump was keen to show off his accomplishment; "[Mitch McConnell] asked for my endorsement - brought him from one point down to 20 points up. And he won his race in the great state - and, actually, the great Commonwealth of Kentucky." He also bragged about his effects on the GOP winning house seats; "Because of my efforts campaigning, we had huge gains in the house. And I helped keep many senators in their seats - and they will admit it - so that it's now 50-50, instead of Republicans being down anywhere from eight to ten seats." This statement doesn’t really fit well as Republicans lost the house in 2018 and the senate in 2020. In four short years, they went from full government control to no control apart from the Supreme Court.
Overall, the future of ‘Trumpism’ is clear and it is the future of the Republican party. The GOP voters no longer want the Bush era politicians and are ready for the new outlook of the Republican party. We can see this with representatives like Madison Cawthorn and Lauren Boebert winning seats in North Carolina and Colorado, respectively. The GOP is on track to take the house and senate in 2022 and the future of America is looking to be exciting.