Former President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he plans to form a Super-PAC as part of his post-president presence in Republican Party politics.
Trump confidante and advisor Corey Lewandowski has been named head of the Super PAC, which is still in the planning phase at the start of the CPAC weekend.
Trump Political Team member, Senior Advisor Jason Miller, said, "MAGA supporters and candidates who support President Trump's America First Agenda will be impressed with the political operation that is being built here. We await in the Formal announcements from the entire team in the coming weeks, which will include some very talented people who have not yet been named. "
Trump announced to political advisors at a meeting of several hours in Mar-a-Lago yesterday that he had selected Corey Lewandowski to head a super-PAC https://t.co/xtXzw6Tqcc that was yet to be formed
– POLITICO (@politico), February 26, 2021
Form a Trump Super PAC plan
According to a report by Politico, the meeting took place on Thursday at Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida.
Attendees at the meeting included Lewandowski and Miller, former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, former assistant campaign manager Justin Clark, former campaign manager Brad Parscale, former White House social media director Dan Scavino, and attorney Alex Cannon .
Donald Trump already has a lead PAC called Save America, which was last reported to have around $ 31 million in the bank. While there are limits to how much a regular PAC can collect, Super PACS are not limited by how much money can be collected for a specific purpose.
In the short time since Donald Trump left the White House, it has become very clear that he will play a huge role in shaping the future of the Republican Party.
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This development is much to the chagrin of people like Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Mitt Romney and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), all of whom were harsh critics of Trump.
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A Trump recommendation will likely be coveted by many GOP candidates for 2022.
Some of those coveted endorsements could go to the primary challengers of seven of the ten Republicans in the House who voted for the indictment against Trump.
Of course, Trump has already started handing out endorsements for 2022.
So far, the former president has approved of his former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who announced a candidacy for governor in Arkansas, and Senator Jerry Moran's re-election offer in Kansas.
"Where are we going as a party from here?" Jason Miller says Trump plans to look forward rather than backward via @mediaite in the headlining speech at CPAC https://t.co/3uQmXGU9nL
– Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) February 25, 2021
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Trump makes an important speech at the CPAC
In his first major appearance since leaving office, Donald Trump will deliver the keynote address next Sunday in Orlando at CPAC, the major annual convention of Conservatives.
Many expect Trump to set out his political vision and plans not just for 2022, but possibly for 2024 as well.
According to Fox News, the former president intends to address issues such as immigration, jobs and energy during his CPAC keynote.
It's no surprise that Trump intends to fight immigration after President Joe Biden hastily halted construction of the wall on America's southern border.
Jobs and energy are also on the agenda as Biden's EO stopped construction on the Keystone XL pipeline project that has cost people their jobs, many of which are union jobs.
CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp told Trump's Fox & Friends on Thursday: "He knows this is a very important reset for him and the country and for half the country and so many people who are here in this ballroom. "
His advisors say the CPAC speech will show that Trump's influence in the party is stronger than ever
– The Washington Times (@WashTimes) February 23, 2021
Trump will reportedly slam President Biden during the upcoming CPAC speech on News Only https://t.co/MLtRZDpZJX
– John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) February 25, 2021
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Trump ready to move the Republican Party forward
Politico's report went on to say that Trump told his advisors that he was keen to get involved with the outcome of the 2022 election.
The engagement reportedly includes plans to “take revenge” on those whom the former president believes are disloyal.
This could be House Republicans who voted for the indictment, and possibly Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who, according to Politico, criticized Trump for not "overturning" the elections.
The new Super-PAC could serve as a channel for Trump to raise funds and forward them to his preferred candidate in key races in 2022.
Trump also recently met with Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel and former Georgia Senator David Perdue.
However, it is unknown if he intends to meet with other possible presidential candidates attending the CPAC, including Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Tom Cotton (R-AR), former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota.
According to a Morning Consult report, 59% of GOP voters say Trump should play a "big role" in the Republican Party in the future.
To the disappointment of the GOP establishment, that could be all it needs.
Trump is back and better than ever: Jason Miller https://t.co/xdZJYiyxD3
– Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) February 26, 2021