After the failed impeachment proceedings in the US Senate, Donald Trump fueled the dispute over the direction of the Republican Party. But what about the favor of his former voters?
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An exclusive poll by the US news website “USA Today” paints a picture of how Republican voters who voted for Trump last November feel about the elected president today. Forty-six percent of respondents said they would quit Republican and join a Trump party should the former president decide to start one. 27 percent of those surveyed remain loyal to the Republicans, the rest of the polls are undecided. Accordingly, even after the second impeachment process, Trump can continue to build on the loyalty of many of his supporters.
About half of the respondents also said the Republican Party should become “more loyal to Trump”. One in five, on the other hand, said the party should align itself more with the traditional Republicans. 54 percent of respondents expressed greater loyalty for Trump to the Republican Party.
Since Donald Trump was voted out of office, a dispute between traditional Republicans and Trump supporters has flared up in the Republican Party, which the former US President is actively encouraging. Most recently, the 74-year-old attacked the top Republican in the US Senate, his former ally Mitch McConnell.
Trump: “We have tremendous approval”
In an interview with right-wing broadcaster Newsmax, Trump pondered his future role in politics last week. “I can’t say yet, but we have tremendous approval,” said Trump. The poll numbers went “through the roof”. Normally the values would fall after an impeachment, “but the numbers are very good”.
Trump clearly lost the November 3 presidential election to Democrat Biden. For weeks he braced himself against being voted out of office with unfounded accusations of fraud, thus plunging the USA into a deep political crisis. A second impeachment trial, initiated by the Democrats, failed in the US Senate. The y had hoped that if convicted, he would be suspended from office. That would have made it impossible for Trump to run for the presidential election in 2024, which is always speculated about.
Trump’s first public appearance since the end of his presidency is planned for next week at the annual conference of conservative activists CPAC, where Trump is expected to speak out on his vision of the future of the Republican Party. Trump has raised millions of dollars in donations since his election defeat, which he could use to support candidates who are close to him in order to maintain influence even after the end of his presidency.