Former President Trump will be making his first public appearance post-presidency at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) next weekend in Orland, Florida. A longtime Trump adviser has told Axios that Trump’s speech will be a “show of force” with one overarching theme: “I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I’m still in charge.”
Reportedly, the source claims “payback is his chief obsession.” According to Axios, payback entails going after the 10 House Republicans and seven GOP Senators who sided with Democrats to impeach him after the January 6th Capitol riots. Trump was narrowly acquitted with 57 senators voting to convict him, and 43 voting against conviction. A two-thirds majority required for conviction was not met.
It is rumored that Trump advisers will be meeting with the former President at Mar-a-Lago this week to enact his next political moves, which will include a “framework for kingmaking” in the 2022 midterm elections. Trump’s continued influence is widely speculated. A Suffolk University/USA Today poll found 46% of Trump supporters would be willing to abandon the Republican Party in order to join a “Trump party” if he created one.
Trump senior adviser Jason Miller told Fox News, “Trump effectively is the Republican Party.” Miller added, “the only chasm is between Beltway insiders and grassroots Republicans around the country. When you attack President Trump, you’re attacking the Republican grassroots.”