Former President Donald Trump on Friday expressed stark optimism about the GOP’s future as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has a rocky start trying to elect a House Speaker.
“Good things are about to happen to the Republican Party, and 2024 is going to be a ‘monster’ (in a good way of course!),” Trump wrote on Truth Social.
His confidence accompanies a four-day slog in the House of Representatives, in which California House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has now failed more than a dozen times to get the majority of the votes needed to become the next speaker. Meanwhile, it has also prevented the 118th Congress from opening its business, let alone swearing in newly elected members.
Trump received a vote from Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz to become the next House Speaker, but was also publicly chastised by Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert for encouraging Republicans to push McCarthy across the finish line.
Boebert said Wednesday in the House of Representatives that McCarthy should drop out of the race.
“I even have my favorite president [Trump] Call us and tell us we need to end this,” Boebert said. “I think it actually needs to be undone. The President needs to tell Kevin McCarthy, ‘Sir, you don’t have the votes and it’s time to retire.'”
Trump’s positive message about the future of the GOP comes a day after he not only sent warnings to drug cartels and immigrants illegally entering the United States across the US-Mexico border, but also criticized President Joe Biden and his administration for doing so credited for making this possible.
“It’s time for America to wage war on the cartels,” Trump said in a nearly five-minute video posted to Truth Social. “In this war, Joe Biden has stood against the United States and for the cartels. You’re making more money than ever before, ten times over. There has never been anything like it… Biden’s open borders policy is a deadly betrayal of our nation.”
Trump, now running for the presidency for the third time, added that if elected in 2024, his administration’s policy would include “busting the cartels” in a manner similar to that of ISIS.
Trump’s video was released hours before Biden delivered a White House address on expanded border policy under the guise of Title 42, originally enacted by the Trump administration during the pandemic. To contain the spread of COVID-19, Title 42 allows authorities to return migrants across the US-Mexico border without having to go through a formal asylum process.
Biden announced the expansion of a “probation program” that allows 30,000 migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela to enter the United States legally each month. The president admitted he doesn’t like Title 42 but must comply as the Supreme Court upholds the policy for now.
While Trump remains hopeful about his 2024 candidacy, recent polls show him lagging behind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has also made headlines on immigration, most notably sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
A USA TODAY/Last December’s Suffolk University poll showed DeSantis had a 23-point percentage lead over Trump in a hypothetical matchup in 2024.
Meanwhile, DeSantis, who hasn’t announced whether he will run for president in 2024, has drawn praise from Steve Bannon, a former Trump aide. The Florida governor has also remained silent regarding criminal reprimands made by the House Select Committee against the former president investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.
news week has reached out to the Trump 2024 campaign for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-promises-2024-will-monster-1771996 Donald Trump promises that 2024 will be a “monster”.