There's a reason Donald Trump has remained the most powerful figure in the Republican Party and has nothing to do with his political prowess. It has to do with the former president's rabid support group and their willingness to do anything he tells them to do.
When Trump said he wanted Elise Stefanik to take Liz Cheney's leadership position in Congress, the MAGA world was expected to be reconciled. But they haven't done that yet. In fact, there has been a significant setback today to the idea of Stefanik becoming the next chairman of the House Republican Conference.
Lou Dobbs, the former Fox host who recently lost his job, posted an article attacking Stefanik. He labeled the message: "RINO games destroy the GOP: Elise Stefanik, favorite of the GOP conference chairman, voted less with Trump than Liz Cheney. "
RINO games destroy the GOP: Elise Stefanik, favorite of the GOP conference chairman, voted less with Trump than Liz Cheney https://t.co/RtkQt8xLgx #FoxNews
– Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) May 5, 2021
Stefanik's idea has also been criticized by Trump worlds like Ann Coulter, Raheem Kassam and former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis.
Like many others, the Columbia Bugle, a pro-Trump Twitter account, quoted Stefanik's voting results and tweeted: "Replacing Cheney with Stefanik just replaces an America Last Republican with a slightly less annoying America Last Republican. "
Replacing Cheney with Stefanik just replaces an America Last Republican with a slightly less annoying America Last Republican. https://t.co/5H6zyc7TpQ
– The Columbia Bugle @ (@ColumbiaBugle) May 5, 2021
And Mark Krikorian, an anti-immigration activist, said of Stefanik: “She's working with a few other Republicans to get the worst immigration election record in New York. Obviously, Republicans in New York are likely to be more liberal just because that's the environment they're in. I think everyone understands. But even by New York State Republicans, she's bad about immigration. "
Regardless of whether Trump World likes Stefanik or not, it doesn't matter. She already has Trump's support and is said to have the votes in Congress.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.