Former President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he is planning to form a super PAC as part of his post-presidential footprint into Republican Party politics.
Trump confidante and advisor Corey Lewandowski has been named to head up the super PAC, which is still in the planning stages as we head into CPAC weekend.
Trump political team member, senior advisor Jason Miller, said, “MAGA supporters and candidates supporting President Trump’s America First agenda are going to be impressed with the political operation being built out here. We expect formal announcements of the full team in the coming weeks, which will include some very talented operatives not yet named.”
Trump told political advisers yesterday at a multi-hour meeting at Mar-a-Lago that he’s chosen Corey Lewandowski to run a yet to-be formed super PAC https://t.co/xtXzw6Tqcc
— POLITICO (@politico) February 26, 2021
According to a report by Politico, the meeting took place on Thursday at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida.
In addition to Lewandowski and Miller, the meeting’s attendees included former Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, former deputy Campaign Manger Justin Clark, former Campaign Manager Brad Parscale, former White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino, and attorney Alex Cannon.
Donald Trump already has a leadership PAC called “Save America,” which was last reported to have roughly $31 million in the bank. While there are limits to how much a regular PAC can raise, super PACS are not limited on how much money can be raised for a particular cause.
In the short amount of time since Donald Trump left the White House, it has become very apparent that he will play a huge role in shaping the future of the Republican Party.
This development is much to the chagrin of people like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Mitt Romney, and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), all of whom have been harsh critics of Trump.
A Trump endorsement is likely to be coveted by many 2022 GOP candidates.
Some of these coveted endorsements could fall to the primary challengers to seven of the ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.
Of course, Trump has already begun handing out endorsements for 2022.
So far the former President has endorsed his former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who has announced a run for Governor in Arkansas, and Sen. Jerry Moran’s reelection bid in Kansas.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) February 25, 2021
In his first major appearance since leaving office, Donald Trump is scheduled to give the keynote address this coming Sunday in Orlando at CPAC, the large yearly gathering of conservatives.
Many expect that Trump will lay out his political vision and plans going forward for not just 2022, but possibly 2024 as well.
According to Fox News, the former president intends to address issues such as immigration, jobs, and energy during his CPAC keynote.
It’s no surprise that Trump intends to tackle immigration after President Joe Biden hastily halted building of the wall on America’s southern border.
Jobs and energy are also on the agenda in light of Biden’s EO halting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline project which has cost people their jobs, a good many of them being union jobs.
CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp told “Fox & Friends” Thursday of Trump, “He knows it’s a very important reset for him and for the country and for half the country and so many people who are here in this ballroom.”
His advisers say the CPAC speech will demonstrate that Trump‘s influence in the party is stronger than ever.https://t.co/0W6CEuxq3w
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) February 23, 2021
Trump will reportedly slam President Biden during upcoming CPAC speech | Just The News https://t.co/MLtRZDpZJX
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) February 25, 2021
The Politico report goes on to say that Trump told his advisers that he is eager to “engage” in the outcome of the 2022 elections.
Said engagement reportedly includes plans to “exact revenge” on those that the former president feels were not loyal to him.
This could include House Republicans who voted to impeach, and possibly Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who Politico says Trump criticized for not “overturning the election.”
The new super PAC could serve as a conduit for Trump to raise funds and funnel them to his favored candidate in key 2022 races.
Trump has also recently met with Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, and former Senator David Perdue of Georgia.
However, it is not known if he intends to meet with any other possible presidential candidates who are attending CPAC including Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota.
According to a report from “Morning Consult,” 59% of GOP voters say Trump should play a “major role” in the Republican Party going forward.
To the disappointment of the GOP establishment, that might be all he needs.
'Buckle up' for CPAC, Trump is back and better than ever: Jason Miller https://t.co/xdZJYiyxD3
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) February 26, 2021