Laura Ingraham: Liz Cheney 'Helping the Democrats'

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"Supporters of president Trump vastly outnumber his critics within the Republican Party", Pitney said, adding conservatives may not enter the 2024 race unless Trump is out.

Mr Trump is due to speak on Sunday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida, his first address since leaving office.

The potential for distraction was on full display at a Wednesday press conference, where House Republican leaders sought to blast the Democratic coronavirus bill.

Although Trump will headline this weekend's CPAC in Orlando, Florida, other big-name Republicans will speak at the conference. Sen.

"Yes, he should", McCarthy replied.

McConnell, who Trump blasted last week as "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack", said he expects to see an open contest for the Republican White House nomination in 2024, but showed no hesitation in backing Trump when asked whether he would vote for him as nominee. "I don't believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country", Cheney said as she stood behind McCarthy. For one thing, pretending the Republican Party is divided between a pro-Trump wing and an anti-Trump wing is like pretending the Democrats are divided between an Alexandrio Ocasio-Cortez wing and a Joe Manchin wing. Before explaining why he acquitted the former president, McConnell called Trump's actions "unconscionable" and said that he "bears moral responsibility" for the riot.

Trump has been keeping a relatively low profile since he moved from the White House to Palm Beach a month ago. That could make him a wild card in both the 2022 election as well as the run-up to the 2024 presidential contest.

In an interview with CNN published Thursday, Rubio bragged that he plans to visit Trump at some point, noting that the former president is one of his "constituents".

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He insists that "the Republican Party can never be respected or empowered with political leaders like Mitch McConnell at its head".

Senator Rick Scott, who chairs the Senate Republican campaign arm known as the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said he was confident Trump would be a team player.

Ingraham told Jim Jordan, "Liz Cheney in the leadership role - they wanted her in a leadership role and now they got her in a leadership role - and she's going to keep helping the Democrats, it looks like, on issues like this".

For as much as corporate media talking heads would like the Republican Party to split over Trump, it's not going to happen for the simple reason that most Republican voters liked the direction of the party under Trump.

Trump's vote numbers may make it hard for the party to turn its back on him even if it wanted to.

After briefly criticising Trump for his role in the January 6 attack, McCarthy and the vast majority of GOP lawmakers have returned to supporting him.

After losing the Senate and White House, and failing to retake the House of Representatives, a U.S. political party would normally lick its wounds, jettison its failed leader and chart a new path forward to claw back relevance.

"Kristi Noem should be considered a top tier candidate for the Republican nomination if and only if Donald Trump chooses not to run", John Cluverius, assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, said.

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