Politics At CPAC, Donald Trump targets the Republican Party of Liz Cheney and Mitch McConnell
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Whether it's about his filibuster, voting rights or phone calls with Biden, Mitch can't seem to tell the truth Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Michael Clubb-Pool/Getty Images
ORLANDO – After a brief hibernation, Donald Trump is making clear he is going after his political opponents –.
Trump used his first post-presidential speech Sunday to rip GOP lawmakers who backed his impeachment, and pledge to defeat them in future elections likely to be shadowed by in-fighting that could undermine the party's chances to win back Congress.
"Get rid of them all," Trump told cheering delegates at.
Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell rejects claims he will be retire
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he doesn't think there will be a vacancy for his seat and said he 'isn't going anywhere,' after backing a law to keep his seat in Republican hands.'I don't think we're going to have a vacancy. I'm not going anywhere,' McConnell said Tuesday.
Trump's list of GOP enemies includes congressional leaders likeand , both of whom held him responsible for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol designed to overturn his election loss to President Joe Biden.
Trump at CPAC:
Despite a second impeachment over that incident,to threaten establishment members. The question, analysts said, is whether he and allies build a good enough organization to prevail in Republican primaries, particularly against the 10 House Republicans who voted for impeachment.
"Trump has the advantage here," said Joe Walsh, a former Republican congressman and now a conservative critic of the ex-president and his followers. "If they can find ten good candidates, all 10 who voted to impeach should lose. GOP primary voters are with Trump."
Lindsey Graham Dismisses Trump's CPAC Voter Fraud Claims: 'I Haven't Seen Evidence'
The Republican senator said the former president's false claims aren't a "winning storyline" and get "in the way of the future."During his remarks, Trump continued to promote baseless allegations that President Joe Biden and Democrats stole the election. These claims have been thoroughly litigated and have been rejected dozens of times in state and federal courts, including by judges appointed by Trump and other Republicans. No evidence has emerged or been revealed to support the conspiracy theory.
He also said: "But does he have the focus? Who knows?"
Mastio & Lawrence on CPAC 2021:
Some Republicans said the party is undergoing a natural churn, looking for the best ways to approach the 2022 congressional election and, eventually, the 2024 challenge to Biden.
"Strong speech by President Trump about the winning policies of his administration and what the party needs to unite behind moving forward," tweeted, a potential 2024 presidential candidate herself.
"The liberal media wants a GOP civil war," she added. "Not gonna happen."
The Anti-Trump 10: House members who voted for impeachment
Trump spent a lot of time attacking Biden during the CPAC speech, but reserved special venom forwho voted to impeach and are up for re-election next year.
Extent of Trump's Usefulness to GOP Questioned by WSJ Editorial Board After CPAC
"If CPAC represented America, Mr. Trump would still reside in the White House, not Mar-a-Lago," the board wrote."For Republicans and Mr. Trump, the future isn't as clear as the press and the former President would like," the board wrote. "The CPAC crowd cheered his speech, which was largely a collection of greatest political hits. But if CPAC represented America, Mr. Trump would still reside in the White House, not Mar-a-Lago.
"The RINOs that we're surrounded with will destroy the Republican Party," Trump said, employing the acronym that stands for "Republicans In Name Only."
As CPAC delegates booed, Trump called out the names of the 10 House Republicans: Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, David Valadao of California, John Katko of New York, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Fred Upton of Michigan, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Tom Rice of South Carolina, and – last but not least in Trump's mind – Cheney.
, the Wyoming representative and third-ranking House Republican, calling her "a warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting."
Cheney has not backed away from her vote to impeach Trump, saying his lies about a "stolen election" provoked the mob that violently attacked the U.S. Capitol. "I don't believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country," Cheney told reporters last week.
Trump and the Senate Republican Seven
Trump also attacked senators who voted to convict him – but only one of them,, is up for re-election next year.
Odal Rune History: From Norse Alphabets to CPAC Nazi Symbol Claims
The rune emerged in Scandinavia in the Migration Period, but in more recent times has been adopted by Nazi German military units and modern neo-fascist groups.The shape of the stage at this weekend's conference in Orlando, Florida, raised eyebrows given its similarity—when viewed from above—to the Elder Futhark Odal or Othala rune, a letter from a Germanic writing system that emerged in the Migration Period in Germany, Scandinavia and elsewhere.
Two of the other GOP senators who went against Trump have announced their retirements: Richard Burr of North Carolina and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
– who also voted to conviction Trump of his first impeachment, on charges of pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son – isn't up for re-election until 2024.
The three other Senate Republican impeachers – Susan Collins of Maine, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana – just won re-election in November, and won't face voters again until 2026.
Trump has spent more of his time attacking a GOP senator who just won re-election: McConnell, the Republican leader who plans to active role in party efforts to retake control of the Senate in next year's elections.
McConnell voted to acquit Trump in the impeachment trial but, he said, because he didn't believe the Senate had the authority to try an ex-president. McConnell still condemned Trump's role in the insurrection, calling him "practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day."
"a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack" who would lead Republicans to defeat.
The Money Monster Mitch McConnell Created Finally Turned On Him
It turns out that Mitch McConnell doesn’t actually think corporations are people or that money is speech if the companies in question aren’t speaking his language. Instead, he warned them to “stay out of politics,” since they “invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs.” Uh huh. Mitch, who then tried to step away from his remarks since "I didn't say that artfully," is mad because large employers in Georgia eventually got around to responding to a voter suppression law there that may as well have been authored by Lester Maddox.
Trump did not directly attack during his CPAC speech, instead claiming – questionably – that his endorsement propelled McConnell to victory in the November election.
Trump supporters at CPAC booed the mention of McConnell's name.
Trump and Republican primaries
It's never good for a political party when prominent members fight each other in public, especially in election years. Primaries often weaken the eventual winners ahead of general elections, and divide the party involved in terms of voter support and raising money.
Trump's participation in the 2022 Republican primaries could, in the end, drive anti-Trump voters to switch parties or not vote at all in general elections.
The return of Donald Trump:
Noting that "you need two sides for a civil war," political analyst Stuart Rothenberg predicted that Trump "will only push more Republican officeholders and voters away from the party."
"Yes, that should help the Democrats in 2022 and 2024," he said, "if only in keeping the 2020 anti-Trump coalition together, with some new reinforcements."
Susan MacManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida, said Republican infighting – and Trump's attacks on the election process – seemed to affect turnout in two Georgia Senate runoffs held on Jan. 5.
, giving the party control of the U.S. Senate.
"The danger to the GOP in competitive districts," she said, "is that disunity can also tamp down turnout."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY:
Transcript: Liz Cheney on "Face the Nation" .
The following is a transcript of an interview with Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney that aired Sunday, April 11, 2021, on "Face the Nation.MARGARET BRENNAN: We're back with the number three Republican in the House, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, she is also joining us from Capitol Hill. Good morning to you, Congresswoman.