The scene illustrated what has become a central dynamic in the nascent 2022 race. In virtually every Republican primary, candidates are jockeying, auditioning and fighting for the former president’s backing. Trump has received overtures from a multitude of candidates desperate for his endorsement, something that top Republicans say gives him all-encompassing power to make-or-break the outcome of primaries.
Four candidates from Ohio flew down and begged, groveled, and patted the back of Trump, believing that his blessing would give them the inside track to the nomination in 2022.
This is an interesting dynamic change from where the Republican Party was just a few years ago, in case we forget:
Some things are the same, though. The best political motive to serve the country and get things done is always revenge, right? Oh wait, that probably isn’t a good reason to serve the public. From ABC NY:
Trump has yet to formally endorse the whole group of former administration officials, but he’s already offering his support to some 2022 candidates to keep a grip on the GOP and deliver a dose of retribution to Republicans who he believes have wronged him, experts say.
“It’s more about trying to push out those who he feels weren’t nice to him,” said Doug Heye, a former spokesman for the Republican National Committee. Heye boiled Trump’s 2022 ambitions down to just a few personal goals: grabbing attention, seeking revenge, and ensuring his grip on the Republican Party.
For many candidates, the path into the 2022 campaign begins at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where fledgling candidates are courting his support while also spending hefty sums of campaign money to host lavish fundraisers at his property.
Don’t worry, folks. If Trump couldn’t grift off of you before, now he’ll make sure your donations to other candidates’ funds end up in his pockets by forcing that money to be spent at his resorts.
I’m sure they can explain how this will economically help your state somehow.