Even some Republicans in swing regions—such as Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey—are accepting that Trump may return to the political struggle.
“Yes, I will.” Van der Rohe, who changed party and became a Republican in 2019, defended Trump in his first impeachment proceedings, when asked if he would re-elect him in 2024. Will support the former president, he said.
A congressman from southern New Jersey, whose electorate supported Trump by a narrow margin last year, bluntly stated that he did not think Trump was responsible for the January 6 incident, arguing that the former president did not call for violence.
“I didn’t,” Van Drew said. “I think people are responsible for their actions.”
When asked if he thinks President Joe Biden has won legally, Van der Rohe said: “I will not make this decision. But I do think we need to ensure that our electoral system is functioning properly.”
But over time, since January 6, Trump has returned to campaign rallies, and a large group of people in the House Republican meeting openly supported the defeated former president, while playing down the deadly Capitol riots— -This is a huge boon for Trump. His political future. If the Republicans have any lingering suspicion that Trump is their party’s spokesperson, they have completely disappeared from public view.
“If he runs, I think he will be the nominee,” said Georgia Rep. Barry Laudermilk, who is a member of the conservative Republican Research Committee. “He has nothing to do with January 6. I think this is a far-fetched idea. I don’t think he hurt himself in the party.”
Rep. Jason Smith, Republican of Missouri, added: “We have to win the 2022 midterm elections, but to see where our country is now, I miss him. I absolutely miss him and I will support him.”
Recapture the charm of the House of Representatives
Republicans have either accepted Trump’s lies about the stolen election, shrugged at his inflammatory remarks, or whitewashed his role in inciting the January 6 riots. This is for a reason: many believe that his help It is essential to regain the House of Representatives in 2022 and is eager to get his approval — or, in some cases, afraid to negotiate with him.
This dynamic was fully demonstrated at a rally in Iowa last weekend, when Trump addressed voters in a key state that is home to the nation’s first presidential caucus.
When asked last week whether he believed Trump was responsible for January 6, Grassley pointed out that the committee’s investigation did not delve into the events of the day, implying that if there is further investigation, he will wait for the investigation. This concludes that Dick Durbin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is a Democrat from Illinois.
“We can only wait to see if he conducts more investigations,” Grassley said.
Another sign of Trump’s increasing return to the party is that the former president will be the headline news of the upcoming House and Senate Republican campaign fundraising campaigns even though he continues to attack the Senate minority leader , Mitch McConnell, the top official of the Republican Party. Earlier this year, when Cheney was still a member of the leadership, Trump was not invited to a Republican retreat in the House of Representatives, but she was later more loyal by New York Rep. Elise Stefanik. Replaced by Trump supporters.
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives made it clear that they believe that Trump is at the core of their winning majority and that he can help increase their campaign funding and voter turnout.
If the Republican Party returns to power next year, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalis will become the House Majority Leader, he told CNN on Tuesday when asked if he will support Trump in 2024 At that time, the former president was “attracting a large number of people.”
“He wants to help us win the House of Representatives again in 2022,” Scalis said, then raised a series of problems Biden faced-from high gas prices to illegal immigration. “Our enthusiasm for winning back to the House of Representatives has never been so high. President Trump will really help us achieve this goal.”
Most Republicans in Congress have no doubts about Trump’s other presidential campaign. New York Rep. Rizeardin called the former president a “clear and strong supporter of the party’s nomination.” Representative Roger Williams of Texas said Trump is still widely regarded as “the spokesperson of our party.” The chairman of the conservative Republican Research Committee and Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana believes that Trump “is also very likely to win the election.”
“‘If President Trump runs in 2024, he will have my full support,” Banks said. “The message of’make America great again’ is more meaningful today than when Donald Trump got off the escalator in 2015, because people felt it and they saw the decline of the United States in the eyes of Democrats.”
Tolerate Trump’s lies
But even if Trump continues his lies and conspiracies about the election results, Republican legislators continue to look differently – or accept his claims.
Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina called January 6 an “abnormality that shouldn’t have occurred,” but made it clear that he believes Trump is not responsible at all. When asked if he agrees with Trump’s repeated claims that elections were stolen, he said that “there are violations that need to be investigated.”
“Yes,” Wilson said when asked if he thinks Trump should run again.
Scarlis refused to say whether he agreed with the theft of Trump’s election during repeated pressure from Chris Wallace of Fox News.
Former Vice President Mike Pence — the subject of the slogan “Mike Pence” for refusing to overturn the election results that day — recently accused the media of paying too much attention to the uprising, treating it as a “day in January.” “
Some Republicans — such as Texas Rep. Chip Roy and McConnell, who criticized Trump immediately after January 6 — are now skeptical of targeting him. On Tuesday, when asked about Trump’s persistent claims that the election was stolen, Roy had been opposed to efforts to overthrow the congressional election, and he avoided the question.
“I think the former president rightly pointed out that this government is a total disaster-a train crash. But for now, we should only focus on what we need to do now to stop the damage they cause to the country.” Every day. That’s my job,” Roy said.
Morgan Rimmer of CNN contributed to this report.