About a week after his departure, the former US president met a senior Republican. The meeting shows the great influence that Donald Trump continues to exert on the party.
Former US President Donald Trump wants to remain intensively involved in the Republican Party in the future. Trump had a “very good and warm” meeting with the Republican minority leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, his team said on Thursday. At the meeting in Florida, both would have discussed the goal of winning back the majority in the chamber for the Republicans in the 2022 congressional election. At the moment, the Democrats have the say in the House of Representatives and Senate – albeit with only a very narrow majority.
Trump has pledged McCarthy to help win back the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. “President Trump’s popularity has never been as great as it is today,” said a statement from his own team. His support for Republican candidates has more weight “than perhaps any support ever before”.
The majority of Conservatives are still behind Trump
In fact, various party colleagues have turned their backs on Trump in recent months because they no longer wanted to support his bitter resistance to the election defeat. Above all, however, after the storming of the US Capitol by violent Trump supporters in early January, many Republicans – including influential – publicly broke with Trump. The majority of Conservatives are behind the 74-year-old, who is still very popular with the grassroots.
Sections of the grassroots and party became increasingly radicalized in the Trump years. The new MP Marjorie Taylor Greene, standing far to the right, symbolizes this
The politician close to the conspiracy movement QAnon was at the center of a new polemic on Thursday: A Democratic MP called for the 46-year-old to be expelled from the House of Representatives after the news channel CNN published earlier statements by Greene supporting the execution of democratic politicians seemed.
MP wants to carry gun in parliament building
Greene once described the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, as a traitor: “Treason is a crime that carries the death penalty. Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason.”
Greene, along with several other Republicans, has also caused a stir by wanting to carry a gun in the parliament building. Pelosi warned on Thursday that “the enemy is in the House of Representatives”: “We have members of Congress who want to bring their firearms into the boardroom and the other members have threatened violence.”
Trump’s meeting with McCarthy was reportedly held on Thursday at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. The ex-president retired there after saying goodbye to the White House last week.