According to the founder of Turning Point USA, President Donald Trump has made lasting changes to America’s “conservative movement.”
Charlie Kirk suggested in an interview with Breitbart News that President Trump has brought an end to the era of “corporate Republicans,” saying he doesn’t know where they “have a home anymore” in a “corporate-skeptic,” “pro-worker” GOP.
“The conservative movement, thanks to Trump, is now a corporate-skeptic movement, a pro-worker movement, a free speech movement, a strict immigration movement,” Kirk said, according to Breitbart.
“I don’t know where the kind of corporate Republicans have a home anymore,” he added. “And, I think they’re really starting to realize it, legitimately.”
“A substantial influence”
Speaking with Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow at Turning Point USA’s sixth annual Student Action Summit, Kirk also reacted to recent comments from Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, who told CNN that he doesn’t think “Trumpism is going away.”
“President Trump will continue to have a substantial influence on the party,” Romney said, as Breitbart reported separately.
And according to Kirk, Romney’s not wrong. “Mitt Romney said something super interesting over the weekend — which is that, ‘the Republican Party lost its soul and it’s not coming back any time soon.’ Yes, it lost the soul of your father’s party,” Kirk explained of the Utah senator and failed 2012 GOP presidential hopeful.
“Your father’s party was the Wuhan party, where we sent our jobs to Wuhan, that was the Republican Party of Romney and Rockefeller,” he added. Trump, however, put an end to the “Wuhan party,” Kirk said, “in only the way that Trump could.”
“It’s actually poetic when you think about it,” he told Breitbart.
In Kirk’s eyes, it all could lead to a once-unlikely series of events. “People are more angry in institutions than ever before,” he told Breitbart, “because of the lockdowns, the damage of it, this CIA, the FBI, the foreign wars — now I think you’re going to see honest progressives like Glenn Greenwald and Breitbart all of the sudden agreeing that we should break up tech companies.”
In other words, Kirk sees groups rising up among both Republicans and Democrats that will challenge the orthodoxy of the parties.
“I actually think that there’s a lot of broad-based consensus that can now be around ending these endless wars, that can be around challenging corporate America and restoring a normal American way of life, and the corporate Republicans and corporate Democrats are going to realize, they have no infrastructure, except corporate chamber of commerce donors,” he told Breitbart.