For those who have any doubt that former President Donald Trump is the most influential figure within the ranks of the Republican Party, the head of the Republican National Committee (RNC) wants you to know that Trump, by far, is the head GOP shot-caller.
According to the New York Post, during a recent radio interview, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel made it crystal clear that Trump “leads the party” and is the “most popular” Republican in the country.
Trump is in command
There are a number of reasons why Republican candidates running in the 2022 midterm elections are practically lining up around the corner for a shot at snagging a Trump endorsement.
McDaniel confirmed two of those reasons, which include Trump’s undeniable title of “king of the rally,” and his $102 million campaign war chest certainly ices the proverbial cake.
“When you see the amount of people that show up to the rallies for President Trump, and his $102 million fundraising haul, I think that voters in America, Republicans in America, would absolutely say the [former] president’s the most popular Republican and still leads the party,” McDaniel said, according to the Post.
The RNC chair warned during the interview that this time around, election battles won’t simply be between candidates of the two major political parties, saying that instead, it’ll be “Republicans versus communism.”
“Our country is at stake,” she said, adding that Republican voters won’t recognize America if Democrats somehow manage to maintain majority control of both chambers of Congress after next year’s elections.
Trump, the “kingmaker”
Undoubtedly, the former president, who has vowed to back a number of Republican candidates for 2022 — especially those running in primaries against the handful of House Republicans who voted in favor of his second impeachment — will use his influence and money to help secure a House majority.
According to Yahoo News, former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who reportedly speaks to Trump regularly, says the former president is “having fun in his pre-2022 role.”
“He’s the most energetic president certainly in my lifetime, and he’s back on the trail doing rallies. He loves people. I think the president right now is just having fun,” Zinke said, adding that Trump enjoys being known as a “kingmaker” in the party.
Of course, reporters and tens of millions of Trump supporters want to know if the former president will make another run for the White House in 2024. So far, all of the hints he’s dropped signal that he will, in fact, run for a second, non-consecutive term.
Like him or not, it’s clear that Trump will be a major player for the Republican Party, likely for years to come. That will especially hold true if his endorsed GOP candidates score victories in next year’s election.