As he begins his 2024 campaign, Donald Trump may search for relevance after leaving office and losing power.
The Twitter File exposé and the budget-busting omnibus bill that Sen. Mitch McConnell allowed the Democrats to pass, effectively disempowering the new Republican House majority, have come to his rescue and dumped two potent issues in his lap.
Free speech and fighting McConnell are two important issues to ride:
Regardless of what Florida Governor Ron DeSantis decides, both issues strike resonant chords among Republican and independent voters that will propel Trump to the Republican nomination in 2024.
The free speech issue gives Trump the unique position of the chief victim of the largest government effort to fix and rig an American presidential election.
Forget Maricopa County, Fulton County, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee; the 2020 election was rigged when the FBI and Twitter suppressed and discredited evidence on Hunter Biden’s laptop that the Biden family was in cahoots with the Chinese Communist Party. Joe Biden could not have won if this information had been released two weeks before the 2020 election.
It did emerge but was obscured by the FBI’s well-planned efforts to discredit and denigrate it as Russian disinformation, allowing the establishment media to disregard and even suppress the story.
Donald Trump is uniquely qualified to address the issue as the primary target of this blatant attempt to stifle free speech and manipulate an election using government funds and personnel. DeSantis, his presumed opponent for the nomination, has no role to play in this conflict and will be relegated to the sidelines.
McConnell gave Trump his second Christmas gift: a pork-laden, bloated budget bill passed as Democrats watched Republicans moving vans head to Washington, D.C., to take control of the House.
To pass one last spending bill before the Republicans arrive, the Democrats are clinging to their rafts or airplane skids like Vietnamese boat people or anti-Taliban Afghans.
With McConnell’s approval, the lame-duck Congress passed one of the most outrageous spending bills in history — a $1.76 trillion abomination filled with every pork-barrel provision a congressman could desire.
This spending bill passed with the support of RINO Republicans such as Mitt Romney and the votes of Republican senators set to retire within the next few weeks. With one foot out the door, they left behind a legacy of inflationary spending.
As a result of allowing it to pass and forfeiting his leverage by agreeing to increase the debt ceiling through 2024, McConnell is becoming a curse word among Republicans.
McConnell’s cowardly capitulation makes his battle with Trump the central issue in the 2024 Senate and, inevitably, presidential primaries. From this point forward, you are either for McConnell or Trump. A feud has become a central policy schism within the Republican Party, separating the establishment — fat and happy to share in the spoils of spending — from the grassroots, the former Tea Party movement determined to rein in government and curb inflation.
DeSantis can only cheer from the sidelines in this battle as he hesitates to alienate the anti-Trump wing of the party. Florida received nearly $300 million in earmarks from the omnibus spending bill. Will he reject it? Request that his counties refuse the pork?
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has two major issues to ride: freedom of speech and Mitch McConnell.