Three Strategies for Dealing With Trump | Eastern North Carolina Now

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the John Locke Foundation. The author of this post is Mitch Kokai.

    James Antle of the Washington Examiner highlights Republicans' contrasting approaches to the 45th president's legacy.

  • A looming leadership fight in the House is only partly over whether Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming will remain Republican conference chairwoman. The larger issue is a debate over how the GOP should handle former President Donald Trump going forward.
  • One faction of congressional Republicans, in line with the party's rank-and-file voters according to most polls, would like to embrace Trump. That means defending his record, celebrating his term in the White House, and lifting him up as a party icon alongside Ronald Reagan - perhaps even to the point of supporting him for president again in 2024.
  • This group ranges from populist relative newcomers such as Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and embattled Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia to such ascendant lawmakers as Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York. ...
  • ... Another set of Republicans believes it is important to disassociate the party from Trump and disavow his claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, especially after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Cheney is the most prominent proponent of this strategy. ...
  • ... A third group would like to move past discussion of Trump where possible and focus on winning majorities in Congress, which, despite Jan. 6, Republicans remain well positioned to do. The Senate is split 50-50, and the House - where the party outside the White House frequently makes big gains in the midterm elections, especially in the first such contests under the last two Democratic presidents - is in Democratic hands by just five votes.
  • These Republicans are split on how much influence Trump should have going forward. Some, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, would prefer to remain as silent about the former president as possible. Others, like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, are happy to enlist Trump's help in winning seats next year. But they are united in wanting the conversation trained on 2022 rather than the past.

Go Back

Leave a Guest Comment

Your Name or Alias
Your Email Address ( your email address will not be published)
Enter Your Comment ( no code or urls allowed, text only please )

John Locke Foundation: Prudent Policy / Impeccable Research - Volume DCXXIII John Locke Foundation Guest Editorial, Editorials, Op-Ed & Politics Swiss Billionaire Backs Democratic Gerrymandering


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said during an interview over the that he and President Joe Biden were not responsible for the illegal alien crisis that has exploded as a direct result of Biden’s open border policies.
A new national poll shows roughly two-thirds support for key school choice concepts among American parents.
Venezuelan illegal alien had been arrested previously in NYC for harming child
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been sent back to the hospital, the Pentagon announced on Sunday, the latest wrinkle in a health controversy that began last month over the Cabinet official’s secretive hospitalization for complications following a procedure to treat prostate cancer.
The Democrat-led Senate pressed ahead on Sunday with a $95 billion foreign aid package that dropped a controversial border security and immigration reform deal that was originally included in it.
At an adults-only family meeting held behind closed doors, the parents of 7-year-old Tim Wilcott shared their concerns that "Little Timmy" had not yet graduated high school.
Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr suggested during a speech late last week that in a rematch between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, he’ll back his former boss.


In North Carolina, bars and restaurants interested in purchasing spirits must place an order through the ABC warehouse system.
The Islamic terrorist group Al Qaeda is reportedly rapidly growing in size inside of Afghanistan just a couple of years after President Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from the country.
I am no football expert. I am only a fan. I learned the game as a cheerleader in the 1960s. I knew the “push ‘em back” and the “ hey, hey, let’s go” as well as anybody.
After a hard-fought but relatively low-scoring game, the Kansas City Chiefs came away with a 25-22 victory in Sunday’s Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.
In a landmark compromise between Democrats and Republicans, the Senate is set to vote on a new anti-murder bill that will limit the allowed murders to only 5,000 per day.
Bob Bauer, the personal lawyer for President Joe Biden, claimed during an interview over the weekend that Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Biden’s handling of classified material was a “shoddy” piece of work that contained numerous “misstatements of fact” from Hur’s interview
Korean Christians stand up to anti-Israel protestors at Harvard: ‘What’s happening here is not normal’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired back at an ABC News journalist during an interview over the weekend after the journalist promoted Hamas terrorist propaganda.


With Joe Biden somehow still alive and Kamala Harris less likable than bunions, it looks like Biden will be up for re-election. Should Joe Biden win in November, preparation will be key. But what exactly should conservatives start hoarding in case that happens?
A House panel has scheduled a meeting to prepare articles of impeachment for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the border crisis.
as Google works to channel public discussion in upcoming EU election to establishment narrative
Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses the latest debate over North Carolina’s congressional election map.
A Tuesday segment on MSNBC’s “Deadline White House” got awkward when new allegations surfaced against embattled Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) — and his daughter was guest-hosting the show.
Former President Donald Trump stirred controversy on Saturday as he revived a long-running critique of NATO over how much its member nations contribute financially to the alliance, alluding to his hardball negotiation tactics with other world leaders on the subject.
CAMBRIDGE, MA — Despite the heavy controversy caused by her responses to questions regarding antisemitism on campus while testifying before Congress, Harvard has confirmed that Claudine Gay will stay on as University Führer.


Back to Top