Despite the best efforts of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to broker a truce this weekend between Donald Trump and the Republican Party, Politico is reporting that the president is about to start a war for control of the future of the party beginning next week.
Even with the bulk of GOP lawmakers defending the ex-president in his second impeachment trial where he was acquitted again, Trump is furious with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and wants to flood the 2022 midterm primaries with a throng of hand-selected candidates who are loyal to him over the party.
According to the report, now that he has left the White House and isn't dependent on Republican lawmakers to support and defend his pet policies, the ex-president feels no compulsion to suck up to members of his own party.
One person close to the former president admitted, "If you're Trump, you don't gotta play nice with these people anymore. You don't have to do the whole fake political thing where you pretend to like people you don't actually like."
Politico reports, "According to three people familiar with the planning, Trump will soon begin vetting candidates at Mar-a-Lago who are eager to fulfill his promise to exact vengeance upon incumbent Republicans who've scorned him, and to ensure every open GOP seat in the 2022 midterms has a MAGA-approved contender vying for it," while noting Trump has a $31 million war chest he will put to good use promoting his hand-picked candidates.
"The planning for Trump's coming revenge tour comes as other top Republicans try to cajole him into working with the party's apparatus ahead of next year's midterm elections, rather than recruiting rival candidates whose bids could complicate primaries and cost the GOP critical seats," Politico's Gabby Orr and Meredith McGraw wrote before adding. "The former president has already set his sights on ousting Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican, and Fred Upton of Michigan, if he forgoes retirement. Both Cheney and Upton voted to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol."
Trump's plan has one GOP lawmaker forecasting turmoil as Trump jumps into the fray.
"A Republican Party that seeks to erase President Trump and fails to understand his appeal to working class voters is destined to lose elections in 2022, 2024 and beyond," tweeted Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN).
The report adds that, "Some rank-and-file Republicans have encouraged the party's leaders to tread carefully as they attempt to distance the party from Trump while he remains exceedingly popular among GOP voters."
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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday broke down the breaking news on "what the Trump campaign knew and when they knew it" about the truth of the results of the 2020 presidential election.
"Breaking news this afternoon from The New York Times that could represent a serious threat to Donald Trump's 2020 campaign and potentially even to the former president himself. Their claims about election fraud were a lie — and Trump's campaign reportedly new it," Wallace reported.
Trump's campaign reportedly knew that Dominion did not use Smartmatic, and also knew that Dominion did not have ties to Venezuela or George Soros.
"That's about as clear and unequivocal as it can get," Wallace said. "That members of the Trump campaign knew there was no evidence to support the conspiracy theories Trump and his allies were very publicly spouting — and it's all in writing."
Wallace interviewed Michael Steel, a spokesperson for Dominion, who said the report showed that "these claims that the president's supporters were making were not knowingly false, they were easily knowingly false."
Steel added that Trump's allies could have debunked their own claims using a "simple Google search" because "it was easy and obvious what they were trying to portray as reality is simply not true."
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Melania saved Bill Barr's job by telling Trump he was 'right out of central casting' — unlike 'mousy' Sessions
Peril, the new book from reporters Robert Costa and Bob Woodward, revealed that it was first lady Melania Trump who reassured President Donald Trump that he didn't make a mistake in picking Bill Barr to take over the Justice Department.
According to the new book, Barr "said nice things about Bob Mueller," prompting Trump to second guess his pick.
"At the White House, First Lady Melania Trump offered a contrary opinion to the president," Woodward in Costa write.
"Are you crazy?" she asked the president. "This guy's right out of central casting. Look," she pointed to Barr, "that's an attorney general."
The book said that it was a contrast "with the mousy Sessions." The former first lady was talking about "image" and the president "put a premium on appearance. Barr, six feet and with an extraordinarily large belly, came across as the sober, knowledgeable lawyer, she said."
Sessions was ridiculed by "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert as looking like the Keebler Elf. "Saturday Night Live" depicted Sessions with actress Kate McKinnon -- which upset Trump, who was also disturbed when SNL depicted Sean Spicer using a female actress too.
According to sources close to Trump, Spicer's portrayal by a woman was "most problematic in the president's eyes," said a Feb. 2017 report.
Trump didn't want to build golf course in Africa because he feared getting mauled by lions: Woodward
Peril, the new book by reporters Robert Costa and Bob Woodward, has revealed a slew of bizarre anecdotes about former President Donald Trump and his life post-presidency.
One detail in Peril described Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Trump playing golf with Gary Player, an 85-year-old South African winner of major tournaments.
Graham was hoping to persuade Trump to stay loyal to the GOP and help get more Republicans elected. Player was trying to help Trump with his swing. He was using his big club and an erratic swing. Player tried to urge more "control" and "toning it down, swinging less extravagantly."
Costa and Woodward said Graham saw it as a metaphor for Trump's entire political career, though one could argue his life.
Player suggested that he would build a golf resort in Africa, but the president made it clear he was concerned about being eaten by lions.
"What happens, Gary, when two lions look out and say, 'You know, that's a pretty thick guy. I'd like to eat him. Let's go eat him,' " Trump joked.
"Well, they've got fences and stuff," Player explained.
"You mean they can't climb over a fence?" Trump asked according to the book. "If you get in a Jeep, they won't come into the Jeep."
"How do you know they won't come into the Jeep?" Trump asked.
"I'm not betting my life on it," Graham said.
During his presidency, Trump referred to those coming from Africa as "sh*thole countries."
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