He spent a good half-hour rehashing the 2020 election and claims he really won. He vowed to seek vengeance on his Republican enemies. He gave a ringing defense of "Trumpism." Donald Trump 2.0 is clearly still in control of the national Republican Party but he could use a new message and refreshed ideas if he wants to run and win again in 2024. That much became clear with Trump's appearance and speech before a major conservative gathering in Orlando, the Conservative Political Action Conference -- his first return to the political stage since leaving office.
Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin pushed for Americans to work together to "burn down the Republican party" in the hopes of extinguishing any trace of the enthusiasm for President Trump. Rubin appeared on MSNBC's "AM Joy" Sunday and said that not only does Trump have to lose in 2020, but there must be a purging of "survivors" who still support the commander-in-chief. "It's not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose," she said. "We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party." "We have to level them because if there are survivors -- if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again." Rubin said if Republicans are victorious next November, they will see it as an affirmation of their beliefs, and only become further emboldened to push their radical views on society.
Senator Jeff Flake says he feels the Republican Party needs a reminder about conservatism; Laura Ingraham reacts on'The Story.' Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said in a recent interview that he hopes somebody runs against President Trump in the 2020 election, and that Trump supporters' continued chants of "lock her up" -- typically in reference to Hillary Clinton -- are "disturbing." In his retirement interview with C-SPAN, Flake said the chants, which were sparked by Trump's campaign and have continued throughout his presidency, are more concerning than the controversial things Trump says. "The disturbing thing isn't so much what [Trump] says anymore, it's the cheers from people behind him and the chants of, 'Lock her up!' for example that's just unseemly," Flake said. "It does make me fear that it's going to be a longer process to get out of this than it should be."
I was 11 years old, and I didn't realize our country was under attack until I heard the rocks pelting against the window of our classroom. I was in math, and kids outside were throwing rocks at our Islamic school in New Jersey. The principal got on the intercom and announced that school was dismissed for the day and that all students needed to evacuate the building. Before I even saw the pillar of black smoke coming from lower Manhattan, I knew that as an American Muslim, I would be asked to choose between those two identities. I'm 29 now, and still, over and over, my religious identity is leveraged by bigoted pundits and politicians, who place me on the side of the terrorists who attacked all of us that day.
It's a paradox that's even more divisive in politics than in sports: the notion of losing now to win later. But to some conservative reformers, Donald Trump's emergence as the party's standard-bearer is an opportunity to do just that: remake a Republican Party that has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. "It's important that he lose badly," said Peter Wehner, who served in three Republican presidential administrations, including a senior policy position in the George W. Bush White House. "This has to be a repudiation of Trump and Trumpism." The deep schism in the Republican Party over Trump's likely nomination has split conservatives over what could or should come next.