If NeverTrump Republicans think that they have an opportunity now to “take back” the GOP from the Make America Great Again movement, a new poll from Suffolk University/USA Today suggests that their hopes are premature. According to the poll, nearly half of all Republican voters would leave the party and follow Donald Trump if the former president were to announce the formation of a new party.
“We feel like Republicans don’t fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day,” one Republican small-business owner told USA Today. “But then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don’t ever push back.”
According to the poll, 46% of registered Republicans would abandon the GOP for a Trump-led party; only 26% are certain that they would remain in the Republican Party if such a split were to occur. The poll also found that a majority of Trump voters are more loyal to the former president (54%) than they are to the Republican Party (34%). Only 19% said that the Republican Party should move on from Trump and put more emphasis on traditional, establishment figures.
In an interview with WABC 770 AM in New York this weekend, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that Trump is still very much in control of the Republican Party’s future.
“What’s very striking is that President Trump still has such enormous reach in the party that nobody can fight him,” Gingrich said. “You can complain about him. You can criticize him. But McConnell can’t possibly fight Trump. He doesn’t have a big enough base.
“It’s also a reminder that there is an establishment insider party that sits around at cocktail parties in Washington,” he continued. “And then there’s this huge country outside of Washington. That country in 2015, by about 2-1, did not like the Republican leadership in the Congress. That was the forerunner of us ending up with Trump as a presidential nominee. [Kevin] McCarthy has been much smarter as the House Republican leader to recognize his ability to get the extra seats [to win the House] rests almost entirely on working with Trump, not picking a fight with him.”
There’s no reason why the Republican Party can’t take a look at the hard facts as they are, align themselves with Trump once again, and preserve the machine that presents our only hope of combating Biden, winning back some seats in 2022, and ultimately taking back the presidency in 2024. But if they choose another route and the party fractures, Democrats will enjoy a nice, long reign of terror at the top.