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Former President Donald Trump will declare that he is still in charge of the Republican Party and is its “presumptive 2024 nominee” during a weekend address at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference.
The news comes amid a flurry of polls that indicate the former president has massive support among grassroots Republicans in spite of being twice impeached.
Trump’s keynote address at CPAC on Sunday will be a “show of force,” and he will remind Republicans that he still has control of the bully pulpit even if he’s not in the White House, Axios reported.
“I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I’m still in charge,” will be Trump’s message to the group, the website reported, citing a longtime adviser.
The former president, who has been hosting Republican lawmakers at Mar-a-Lago, “will huddle this week with advisers on his political future with an eye toward becoming a kingmaker in the 2022 elections,” the New York Post reports.
Senior adviser Jason Miller said Trump intends to remain a force among Republicans.
“Trump effectively is the Republican Party,” Miller told Axios. “The only chasm is between Beltway insiders and grassroots Republicans around the country. When you attack President Trump, you’re attacking the Republican grassroots.”