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The Republican Party is about to run a loyalty test of Donald Trump inside its central committee, the latest move to gauge loyalty to in fact Party leadership is likely to kill the next presidential candidate’s chances of reaching voters.
The Republican National Committee is poised to revise its party rules at its winter meeting in Salt Lake City next month to ask any candidate for the presidential nomination to pledge to skip it. general election debates sponsored by the Non-Party Committee on Presidential Debates, New York Times report yesterday. The group has hosted televised shows dating back to 1988 and has drawn Trump’s scorn ever since 2016 let it be perceived prejudice. Any candidate who does not comply may lose the support of the RNC.
The test isn’t just for the candidates themselves, who will have to promise that, if voters choose them as candidates, they’ll stick to a plan aimed solely at appeasing Trump. The move is ironic, as Trump is most likely the nominee. Each of the 168 members of the RNC will have to set a record in a vote on the issue in February on whether they sided with Trump with the disdain of the puzzling board of directors or to keep the party alive. pursue every possible voter in historically decided elections. in profit.
The vote establishes a self-purge of the RNC, an independent organization with complicated rules but which controls much of the mechanics of how the party chooses — and maintains — its candidate. . Unlike a regular general election, the RNC has rather unilateral control over Who debate in the primaries, where debates are held and what News organizations can ask questions. An RNC that puts its thumbs on the scale can essentially knock out unpopular candidates — or effectively throw the nomination to Trump if its members decide to be shameless. And if you don’t think a party machine can interfere in an election, just ask Hillary Clinton’s ill-fated delegates from Florida and Michigan, states that challenged the Democratic National Committee in 2008 by jumping the line with their primaries and closing Stripping of half of their deputies as penance.
For general, large parties can always be informal Landfills a mid-race candidate. There’s been talk about doing that in 2016 on a day that made history when the US officially accused Russia of hacking DNC and Trump Access Hollywood The video shows him bragging about sexual assault. But Clinton adviser John Podesta stole the emails quickly overcome The troubles of Trump and the RNC stuck with their candidacy.
With about two years before the nomination window officially opens, there’s plenty of time for state parties to weed out any RNC members who dared to defy Trump’s complaints and find a way to keep the Committee on its nominations. The President’s debate is responsible for what are the four-year political Super Bowls. It is shaping up to be a kneeling test for traditional searchers but will immediately be branded as NeverTrumper.
The move reflects how the GOP is confronting the specter of the former President’s supremacy within the party. It has performed strongly elsewhere. On Capitol Hill, the man who could become Speaker of the House if Republicans get a majority their way this fall is now. refuse cooperate with a bipartisan panel of investigation events took place during a violent and incomplete uprising on January 6 to keep Trump in power. Instead, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was confident in Trump’s assertion that any move to find out what happened that day – and what led to it – was a partisan witch hunt could be seen as trash.
Senator Lindsey Graham, who on January 6 stormed the floor of the Senate after rioters were turned back, declare done with the theater Trumpist built gallows to hang the legislators and then Vice President Mike Pence. But this week, he was threaten to protest the return of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to power if the Senate overturns this fall. Why? McConnell has consistently demonstrated his indifference to Trump’s position within the party, and Trump has attacked him several times since leaving office. (There’s almost no chance that Republicans can win back a majority without McConnell, the party’s best strategist, so Republicans will ultimately have to find a way to make peace with him, or still content with the minority.)
Across the country, candidates are working to get a foothold with the former President. In Nevada, one of the Republicans running for the GOP nomination for Governor is running a advertisement was filmed in the desert with “Trump 2024” in the back of her Ford pickup. Before she drag a gun from a holster strapped to her hip, she brags about being one of the first Republican officials to endorse Trump, attracting Politico title, “The lady is Trump.” She’s playing ads outside of her state just in a media market: Palm Beach, Fla., home to Trump’s Mar a Lago estate.
So here’s the reality Republicans must face: Trump remains the most powerful — and at the same time, perhaps the most self-destructive — force in a party that in 2013 spent so much. much after Mitt Romney lost research where it went wrong in 2012. Findings back then showed the party must reach out to growing populations such as younger voters and communities of color. Instead, the party went the other way. It comes from making money 44% among Latinos in the next 2004 28% support in 2016 and 32% support last year. They doubled down on the longstanding political fact that white Americans still comprise about 7 in 10 voters and that Republicans can win if they just run up that column and suppress the power of non-voters. White skin.
But the numbers don’t tell the whole story. This Is The Party That Elected Ronna Romney McDaniel As The Only Second Female Chair In History In 2017, Just To See Her drop her uncle’s name in official correspondence soon followed and began to fight his bid in the Senate because he was — and is still considered — a NeverTrumper.
Next month, McDaniel will ask her colleagues at the RNC to turn down the longtime host of the presidential debates because that’s what would make Trump happy. Choice is not a strategic move or even a move to expand the reach of the group, but rather a game of affection aimed at a group of people. And, at least for now, that is the essence of the modern Republican Party.
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