Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida will rally the Trump faithful in Wyoming on Thursday, hoping to bring a MAGA backlash to GOP Rep. Liz Cheney’s backyard after she voted to impeach the former President for his role in inciting the riot at the Capitol.
The Republican party is now grappling with its future post-Trump, and some elected officials, like Gaetz, are positioning themselves as the bearer of his brand by attacking other Republicans like Cheney, who are hoping to move past it.
Republican leaders have warned that the internecine fighting hurts the party.”I have a competing vision for Republicanism,” Gaetz told reporters this week. “I believe that we ought to embrace the spirit and style of President Trump.”
That’s the dilemma we currently find ourselves in,” Gaetz said. “I think that we’re more likely to win and we’re more likely to be worthy of winning if we leaned into the populist ‘America First’ energy. If everybody wants to sit around the country clubs to hear the ‘America Last’ agenda from the lobbyist corps, then I don’t think they’ll win. And even if we did win, then it wouldn’t be a benefit to the country.”Star Tribune, Casper Wyoming