With former President Donald Trump poised to appear at a major upcoming conservative conference, nearly half of Republicans say they would abandon the GOP to join a new conservative party if Trump was its leader.
Is This the Future of Conservative Politics?
Nearly half of Republicans say they would abandon the GOP if a new conservative political party was formed around former president Donald Trump as its leader, according to a recent poll released on Sunday.
According to a poll conducted by Suffolk University-USA Today, 46 percent of Republicans said they would leave the GOP to join a new party headed by former President Donald Trump if he decided to create one. Only 27 percent of Republicans said they would stay with the GOP, while 27 percent were undecided.
Trump set to appear at CPAC
Former President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to make his first major public appearance a week from Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), one of the major talking points being promised is that “the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement” will be discussed, according to a report by Fox and the Daily Wire.
The conference, which is usually held in Washington, D.C. or just outside Maryland, is scheduled for Sunday, February 28, in Orlando, Florida. The location is roughly 175 miles from President Donald Trump home in Mar-A-Lago.
According to two sources who spoke to Fox, Trump is expected to address the conference.
“Trump will be talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement,” Fox reported. “Also, look for the 45th president to take on President Biden’s ‘disastrous amnesty and border policies,'” according to a source familiar with Trump’s speech.
Republicans plan to fight back against House Democrats
Meanwhile, the largest conservative caucus in the House is circulating its new strategy for fighting back against Democrats’ and President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill by exposing each of the ”liberal goodies” that are hidden inside the aid package, Fox revealed in an exclusive report.
In a three-page memo sent to conservatives by the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the document outlined a playbook to identify “all the left-wing items Democrats are hoping the public won’t find about.” (A copy of the fact sheet was first obtained and reported by Fox).
One of the items is $50 million being given to environmental justice grant programs, which the RSC referred to as “a thinly-veiled kickback to leftist environmental groups.”
The RSC also found that Planned Parenthood would receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds designed to keep small businesses afloat.
“We’ve put together a fact sheet to educate Americans exactly how their taxpayer dollars are being spent by Democrats,” said Jim Banks (R-IN), the chairman of the RSC.
House GOP whip Rep. Steve Scalise, (R-LA) dubbed the legislation “Pelosi’s Payoff to Progressives Act” and has already told his Republican conference to vote “no” on the 591-page bill.