Rollins’ political action group emerged from Trump’s 2016 operation but made no commitments to support him in any future race. With the aim of uniting the party before halfway through 2022, Rollins said Trump would be wise to focus on allaying the concerns of moderate Republicans. But he added that this probably wasn’t the place for it.
“If he is to be and continue to be the leader of this party, he must make peace with Republicans of all kinds,” Rollins said. “I think he’s going to face this crowd, and no matter how carefully the scripts put him there, he’s basically going to do his own thing – as he has done many times in the past.”
There are some noticeable absences on the CPAC invitee list that reflect the current divide in the party. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the chamber who was open about his desire to leave Trump in the dust, was not invited. Mike Pence, whose tenure as vice president came to a violent end when he refused to support Trump’s 11th hour takeover, leading Trump’s supporters to threaten Pence’s life when they stormed the Capitol, declined an invitation to speak. And Nikki Haley, once a rising force in the party, won’t be there either – after she gives one withering interview with Politico Blow up Trump and say he’s in G.O.P. had no future. Politics.
A poll published on Sunday by Suffolk University and USA Today found that three out of five voters who backed Trump last year said they’d love to see him run again next time. Only 29 percent said they shouldn’t try again.
If there is to be a fragmentation of the socially moderate, business-oriented wing of the party and its increasingly worker-oriented base, the numbers so far speak for the base. According to the Suffolk / USA Today poll, voters who backed Trump last year said, 20 points ahead, that they were more loyalty to him than the Republican Party.
46 percent said they would follow Trump to a new party if he left the G.O.P. And 27 percent said they hadn’t made up their minds yet.
(The poll sample included all respondents who said they would vote for Trump in a Suffolk poll sometime in 2020 and agreed to be called back after the election. Ninety percent of respondents said they did had actually cast a ballot for him in November.)