It was widely praised on the first day of the CPAC convention Friday.
“Let me tell you right now,” said Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, “Donald J. Trump is not going anywhere.” Even Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader who at one point made it known he could vote to convict Mr. Trump in his second impeachment trial, told Fox News this week that he would back Mr. Trump if he were to be the Republican presidential candidate in 2024.
To that end, Mr. Trump is serious right now about running for president a third time in 2024. While some aides expect he ultimately won’t go through another candidacy, his thoughts could have a crippling effect on his party.
“It was never a question of whether George HW Bush should run again?” said Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union, which is hosting the conference. Mr. Trump is “in another …
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