- After leaving the White House, President Donald Trump turns the GOP into “The Apprentice,” which is the protagonist, presenter, and all contestants compete for grace.
- All you have to do is talk to your base all the time.
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It becomes clear what President Donald Trump wants to do after he leaves the White House: He wants to turn the GOP into his old TV show, “The Apprentice.”
Trump envisions a Republican party where everyone who wants to be anyone has to shout for approval, just like on the show. He will be both the star and the host. Forget the ingredients. Forget the party in general. Get ready for some Omarosa Manigault behaviors. Trump likes that.
In recent weeks, there have been whispers around Washington about GOP lawmakers saying to their democratic colleagues that they would like to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and continue our normal peaceful change of power. But they couldn’t because Trump would be angry. Delaware Senator Chris Coons said several GOP senators told him they could not speak freely … not yet.
If the GOP continues to let go of the Trump show, it could “never” ever come. Even as a private citizen, Trump will demand absolute loyalty – anyone who steps outside of this will hear your old “fired”.
The show should go on and on
Transforming the GOP into a Trump show, of course, means that all the focus, all the oxygen in the room, will go to Trump. Other Republican stars will have no place unless they are subordinate to him. And the party leadership will not have full control because it controls its base according to its own wishes.
The reason for this is obvious: Trump does not gain his strength with the support of the GOP, but from his popularity with the base, which includes many voters who do not usually arrive on election day. He continues the things that make him popular with voters: He will talk, tweet, and probably hold rallies, even if he leaves the White House. You have to do it not only because you love these things, but also because you need a lot of money to fight legal battles and pay off debts.
All of this is fairly easy to do, which is good for Trump, considering how lazy he is. You don’t have to build your own news network on YouTube and Twitter. And of course, there would be plenty of other platforms for him. At the Vanity Fair, Gabe Sherman reports that News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch is considering giving Trump a $ 100 million deal for a book and a show on Fox News so Trump will stop breaking down the network, which it once did. also supported.
So we’re not getting rid of Trump. And while he’s around Trump, the GOP subordinates his whims that have nothing to do with what’s good for the party.
Consider the reports that he could run again for the presidential election in 2024. A source told the Washington Post that Trump couldn’t care less about younger GOP politicians who want to run, such as UN ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. You want to keep the space to yourself, whether you start or not, because you enjoy the attention and because you want to keep the party under your thumb.
This is less like leadership and more about getting involved in fraternity.
Trump also told his friends that he wanted people to “kiss the ring” and receive his blessing before they came to power within the party. This means that you will put the devotion of slavery first over talent, as you would in the extremely incapable White House and your extremely incapable legal team. Anyone who is quite obedient can travel to Mar-a-Lago for the king’s approval or appear at a rally. Trust that those who travel this road will not be our best Americans.
Republicans, your name is “Reek”
Ever since he lost to Biden, Trump has essentially stopped the presidency. His public schedule is largely empty and hardly addresses the American people who continue to suffer during an epidemic. When he does address us, though, he keeps it short and doesn’t ask questions.
That’s all there is to say, let’s now look at how Trump will be interested in party politics when he is no longer in government. And that’s not promising.
Now we can clearly see that Trump doesn’t care about other Republicans, not even those who were loyal to him. If he did, Sens would help Georgia. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler will keep their seats as promised in a couple of challenging second elections. They are already facing a challenge as the epidemic worsens and many Georgian Republican voters do not trust postal voting courtesy of Trump.
Instead of helping to retain vital control of the Senate, Trump is punched in the White House, questioning the democratic process and undermining their chances of victory. One of his lawyers, Lin Wood, tweets about insane conspiracy theories and calls on Georgian voters to write in Trump’s name in the urns to register their delusional rage that the presidency has been stolen from Trump.
In the right-wing social media, and among other things, the issue is that the Republican Party must be destroyed as revenge for Trump’s loss, Trump supporters protesting against the election results. They will only let go if Trump reassures them. But he won’t. He’s a vengeful, petty man, and he probably blames Republicans for his loss. He certainly doesn’t take responsibility for it.
That is exactly what the Republican Party deserves. Trump became a normal carrier from pariah and laughter because the party could not control its thirst for power. The party has underestimated itself, and now, not surprisingly, Trump despises that. If leaders like Mitch McConnell want to regain full control of their party, they need to show courage we haven’t even seen from either of them. Until then, they have to pretend to enjoy the show.