Former President Donald Trump isn’t defeated yet — and he’s not going anywhere.
The former president flipped the script on establishment Republicans by making a larger-than-life appearance at CPAC 2021 and cementing his place at the top of the GOP last weekend.
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And Tuesday he made his first major political move for the 2022 election.
His team put out a release formally backing Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. for re-election in 2022.
It marks the first official major backing of a lawmaker on Capitol Hill since Trump’s time in the White House (he has also backed ex-White House aide Max Miller, who is challenging Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio).
He wrote of Sen. Scott:
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It is my great honor to give Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina my complete and total endorsement. He is both an outstanding senator and person who works tirelessly for the people of his great state, and the USA. Strong on the military, law enforcement, loves our vets, protects our Second Amendment and our borders. Tim will continue to do an OUTSTANDING job for our country!
And it’s coming at a time when it seems the momentum is again turning in Trump’s favor.
Just weeks ago, key Republicans — such as Senate Minority Lead Mitch McConnell and former U.N ambassador Nikki Haley — broke with the former president publicly.
Critics noted then that it was an attempt to shake the party loose of Trump and his supporters.
But if CPAC was any indication of their progress, it seems like that plan failed badly.
Not only is Trump as relevant in the party as ever, but he’s also embracing his role as GOP “kingmaker.” During the affairs at CPAC, he had reportedly instructed voters to oust those who supported his 2nd impeachment trial.
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