Despite efforts by establishment Republicans to rid ‘their’ party of former President Donald Trump, his supporters — and their voters, for the most part — aren’t having it.
In fact, by far, a majority of Republicans actually hold Trump in higher reverence than “The Gipper” and the party’s first president who just happened to have freed the slaves.
The Epoch Times reports:
In a new Economist/YouGov survey, 36 percent of Republicans called Trump the best, while 18 percent called Reagan the same, 13 percent called President Abraham Lincoln the best, and 11 percent said the same for President George Washington.
Republicans chose Reagan over Trump 36 percent to 10 percent in 2018, according to the poll.
“The change in GOP rankings since 2018, when the last survey was conducted, is striking. In 2018, Republicans ranked Reagan first (36 percent), followed by Trump (10 percent). Now, the positions are reversed, with the percentage of Republicans who name Trump as the best President ever having tripled to 36 percent, twice the number who still choose Ronald Reagan (18 percent),” the survey said.
The poll is just the latest indicator that Trump, not the Mitch McConnell/Mitt Romney faction of the GOP, remains well in control of the Republican Party.
As we reported on Tuesday, another survey from Politico/Morning Consult released this week found that “53 percent of Republican voters said they would cast another ballot for the former president if the 2024 primary was held today — more than the entire rest of the field combined.”
The Daily Caller adds:
The extremely preliminary poll was released two days after Trump was acquitted by the Senate on a charge of inciting the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. Though only 57 senators voted to convict, seven Republicans voted to do so, making it the most bipartisan conviction vote in American history.
And despite Trump’s solid GOP support, a majority of the country blamed him for the Capitol riot, with 64% of Americans saying that he was at least partly responsible for the horrors that took place. Fifty-two percent said that the former president was “very responsible.”
A CBS News poll released Feb. 11 found that 70 percent of Republicans would think long and hard about joining a third party if Trump were to found it. One-third of them said they would join a breakaway Trump-led party while another 37 percent said “maybe” they would.
That survey came during Trump’s second impeachment trial, which was every bit as much of a sham as his first one.
Speaking of Trump’s continued popularity and Senate Minority Leader McConnell, the former president blasted the Kentucky Turtle in a scathing statement issued this week now that the trial is over and McConnell publicly turned on Trump:
The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political “leaders” like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm. McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse. The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle—they’ve never had it so good—and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last.
No truer words.
Like the late, great Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump knows and understands conservatives, conservatism, and the ‘America First’ mantra that made the country so great in the first place.