There is already a date for the political return of Donald Trump, after a month of silence and seclusion in his mansion in Mar-a-Lago. And as a sign that the former president intends to continue being a decisive force in his party, the chosen place is the great congress of conservative politicians Cpac («Conservative Political Action Conference», for its acronym in English), which this year is held in Orlando on February 28. There, Trump will thank the 74 million people who voted for him and criticize the immigration reforms of his successor, Joe Biden, according to a member of his communication team told this newspaper yesterday.
It will be Trump’s first public appearance after being exonerated by the Senate in his second impeachment trial. It is true that, out of power, more Republicans have distanced themselves from him. Seven voted in favor of condemning him, forcing a result of 57 in favor and 43 against, although two-thirds of the Senate was needed to disqualify him. In fact, Cpac has invited his former vice president, Mike Pence, with whom his relations have been broken by the looting of the Capitol, and Pence has refused to go.
The Trump family is studying their next steps, with the intention of create a political lineage, something that is not new in the US The Adams, the Roosevelts, the Kennedys, the Bushes or the Clintons are enough for example. With North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr voting to convict Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, is considering running in the primaries for that seat within a year. On Saturday Lara Trump herself gave an interview to the Fox News network in which she reaffirmed that her father-in-law is “the head of the Republican Party, the person everyone is going to ask for help to win.”
Critics of Trump show that although Trump won in 2016, he did not repeat the victory in 2020. In both cases he also lost the popular vote. Although he garnered 74 million votes, a record for an serving president, Biden got 81 million. Under Trump, the House of Representatives and the Senate were lost, and today Democrats have limited power in Washington. For now, however, former President Trump has focused on oppose not the Democrats, but those Republicans who have distanced themselves from him and they have condemned him for his actions before and during the looting of the Capitol, during which five people died (two police officers later committed suicide).
The reason Trump and Pence don’t speak to each other is that the former president refused to quickly condemn the mob that stormed the Capitol. What’s more, he inflamed them by criticizing Pence on Twitter for refusing to block the certification of the results in a joint session of the Capitol on January 6. Evidence presented at the Senate impeachment trial shows that many of the assailants screamed «ahorcad a Mike Pence». The former vice president was evicted by the Secret Service by emergency route. Since then, relations between the two leaders have been completely broken.
By inviting Trump, the conservative Cpac conference assures the former president of a very influential pulpit for the Republican ranks. From him, Trump you will be able to repeat your unfounded allegations of electoral fraud, which have rejected all the courts of justice to which he has gone. The former president has not yet openly admitted defeat, and refused to meet his successor in the White House to formalize a peaceful and orderly handover.