Republican leadership snubbed President Trump for the party’s policy retreat in Orlando, Florida, headed by notorious anti-Trumper Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.).
Cheney, who had voted to impeach Trump in February, is spearheading the multi-day GOP retreat as the Conference Chair, and specifically didn’t invite the former president to speak.
“I didn’t invite him,” Cheney bragged to reporters last week.
Cheney made clear that the retreat aims to unify behind the GOP’s old policy platform, returning from Trump’s America First vision to the typical RINO doctrines which dominated the party for decades.
“There’s going to be a very substantive policy focus,” Cheney told reporters in Washington before the Sunday kickoff of the retreat. “What we have to do as Republicans is get back to being the party of ideas and the substance and the policy of conservatism, and that’s going to be a big part of the retreat.”
What will this “substance” and “conservatism” look like?
Donating big to Cheney following her impeachment of Trump have been the usual suspects in the Bush-Cheney alumni, including George W. Bush and Dick Cheney themselves, Jeb Bush, Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah), former House Speaker Paul Ryan, and even Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).
Incredibly, Bush recently announced he was working with the Koch brothers to help Joe Biden pass a massive amnesty bill through Congress.
“It [will] help our economy, but it’ll make the border more secure,” Bush said last Thursday. “If people are doing work that needs to be done, and we have a legal entry system that enables them to do so, they don’t have to sneak across the border. So step one of help fixing a broken border is to rework our work laws, both high-skilled and lower skilled.”
Consequently, Cheney’s also had no trouble getting backing from corporate PACs for Google, Toyota, Walmart and GE, among others, according to financial reports with the Federal Election Commission.
Notably, Cheney’s approval among grassroots Republicans is in the toilet, with 70% of GOP voters expressing unfavorable views of the three-term congresswoman, and with the Wyoming GOP officially censuring her over her vote to impeach Trump.
But that doesn’t matter to the RINO Republican leadership; they’re determined to wrestle control away from Trump heading into 2022 and 2024.
The numbers also don’t matter to Cheney herself, who even floated possibly running for president in 2024 as big RINO donors signaled their support in the last few months.
“I’m not ruling anything in or out — never is a long time,” she said Monday. “I think that adherence to the Constitution, adherence to your oath has got to be at the top of the list. So, I think, you know that certainly will be a factor that I’m looking at and I think a number of voters will be looking at as they decide about ’24.”
However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) has for the most part remained behind Trump, telling reporters that no federal speakers were invited, but he’d welcome Trump to speak.
“We don’t put out the invitation to the retreat,” McCarthy said. “The way we’re designing it is a policy retreat…It’s not like retreats in the past where there’s federal speakers coming in. We don’t have any.”
“But I welcome the president coming and speaking,” he added.
The Republican Party has no viable future without Trump, and the sooner they realize that, the better chance they’ll have of winning the 2022 midterms, and maybe even 2024 if they don’t allow the Democrats to cheat again.
Tom calls out the RINOs that are now racing to Joe Biden’s side for photo ops as the border crisis worsens.