Former President Donald Trump remains the GOP’s top leader — despite recent signs of weakening, according to analysis from the Washington Times.
Critics have attacked Trump as becoming less influential among Republicans after his endorsement of a Texas congressional candidate did not lead to her victory.
In addition, Trump’s push against the Republican Senate’s efforts toward a bipartisan infrastructure package have largely been ignored. A total of 17 GOP Senators supported the initial vote to move the bill forward despite no text for the bill being available.
Further, Trump has faced additional scrutiny as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) moved forward with her Jan. 6 committee with only two anti-Trump Republicans involved.
Doug Heye, a Republican Party strategist and Trump critic, said in a Washington Times article, “This may have been Trump’s worst week since leaving the White House.”
However, other factors continue to point to Trump’s influence within the party. His recent rallies, with tens of thousands sometimes in attendance, reveal his widespread popularity among the American people.
In addition, many seeking roles in the GOP are often waiting for Trump’s blessing before deciding whether to run. For example, Trump recently met with two Wyoming Senate candidates as he considers who to endorse in a run against Liz Cheney, an anti-Trumper who voted to impeach the former president.
Trump certainly had a rough week, but his influence is far from diminished. Instead, he will almost certainly continue to remain in the headlines as he supports midterm candidates and fuels speculation of his own 2024 presidential run.