Loyalty to Trump continues amidst possible 2024 run

Former President Donald Trump threatened to run for president on at least five different occasions before his successful run in 2016. Now that he’s out of office, the former president has yet to rule out a second run for reelection, teasing as much at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February. But despite his recent November loss and a second impeachment trial, Trump still seems to have the loyalty of the Republican party behind him.

On Feb. 28th, during his CPAC speech, the former President continued to falsely say that he won the 2020 election, bashed “cancel culture” and the sitting president, calling his first month in office “the most disastrous first month of any President in modern history.”

Trump ended his speech by discussing the unity of Republicans, saying that Democrats don’t have “grand-standers like Mitt Romney, little Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey,” referencing the Republicans that had not done what he wanted in his final weeks as president.

He then shifted towards confidence, teasing his next potential run in his speech.

“We will win the Senate. And then a Republican President will make a triumphant return to the White House. And I wonder who that will be? I wonder who that will be. Who, who will that be? I wonder.”

After the event, Trump won a straw poll, in which 68 percent of those at the conference indicated they wanted Trump to run again in 2024, with 55 percent of those who attended the conference saying they would vote for the former president in the primaries.

“Donald J. Trump ain’t going anywhere,” said Texas Senator and former presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz is not the only senator who has been supportive of Trump as of late. Despite saying Trump is “morally responsible” for the Capitol attack on January 6, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would “absolutely support” Trump if he won the 2024 Republican primary.

Meanwhile, a survey conducted recently implies Trump is still heavily favored amongst members of the Republican party, and even Nevada Senator Mitt Romney, who voted to impeach Trump twice, is still high on the former president’s chances.

“He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,” Romney said. “I don’t know if he’ll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination.”

In the meantime, those most loyal to Trump continue to defend him, with Fox News Host Sean Hannity bashing President Biden for trying “to take credit for everything that Donald Trump did on COVID-19.”

And for his part, the former president released a statement on Mar. 10th, asking for credit on the vaccine front.

“I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!”

With the CPAC conference done, his Twitter still permanently suspended and no access to the power of the presidency, Trump’s only power left is over his own party and the influence of a possible run for president. It’s unclear whether he will ever do so – but for the moment, his most loyal supporters are still behind him.