Former president speaks at Republican convention in North Carolina on Saturday as he resumes speeches policies and rallies.
WASHINGTON - Donald J. Trump, former President of the United States United, travels to New York from his New Jersey golf club to work from his office in Trump Tower at least once a week, entering and leaving Manhattan without attracting much attention.
The place is not like itleft him. Many of its longtime employees have left. The same goes for family members who once worked there with him and some of the elements of the place, like his former lawyer Michael D. Cohen, which have since turned against him . Mr. Trump works there, mostly alone, with two assistants and a few enlisted men.
His political operation has also been reduced to a team motley of former advisers who are still on his payroll, reminiscent of the rudimentary characters who helped a political neophyte achieve his unlikely victory in 2016. Most of them spend days or weeks without interacting with Mr. . Trump in person.
But as he heads to the Republican convention ofNorth Carolina on Saturday night, in what is billed as the resumption of rallies and speeches, Mr. Trump is both a diminished figure and an oversized presence in America life, with a remarkable - and many say dangerous - attire on his party.
Even without his favorite megaphones and office punches, Mr. Trump looms over the political landscape, driven by the lie that he has won the 2020 election and his own fury at his defeat. And unlike others with a grievance, he was able to impose his anger and his favorite version of reality on a substantial part of the American electorate - with the potential to influence the politics of the country and to weaken confidence in his elections for years to come.
Always bloOn Twitter and Facebook , he has struggled to find a way to influence media coverage since leaving and promote the making that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
Some party leaders, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, claim he no longer exists, while being deferential when Mr. Trump cannot be ignored .
Others, like the senator Rick Scott from Florida tried to get himself some good graces by introducing Mr. Trump rewards invented to flatter your ego and keep him committed to helping Senate Republicansregain the majority in 2022.
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss said Mr. Trump challenged the former presidents model who lose an election and tend to disappear, and the experience of Richard M. Nixon, who was treated like an outcast like Mr. Trump managed to avoid him.
As for being tall and small simultaneously, Mr Beschloss said:" He is great if the measure is that politicians are afraid of him, which is a measure of power in Washington. Many Republican leaders are terrified of him and stoop before him. "
Jason Miller, an adviser to the former president, agreed to the Mr. Trump's control over the party.
"There are two types of Republicans inside the ring road," Miller said. "Those who realize that President Trump is the leader of the Republican Party andthem who are in denial. "
Even in defeat, Mr. Trump remains the frontrunner for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 2024 in all polls public so far. Lawmakers who have challenged his party dominance, such as Rep. Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Republican who begged her colleagues to reject him after the Jan. 6 riot by her supporters on Capitol Hill, were launched by the Republican leadership.
From its strange double perch of uselessness and domination Mr. Trump focused on three things - his repeated false claims that the 2020 election was "rigged" and his support for efforts to try to overturn the results; state and local investigations into the practices of the Trump Organization; and the state of his affairs.
Mr. Trump, who White House officials say happily watched his supporters storm the Capitol and disrupt the Jan. 6 certification of the Electoral College vote, told several people he believed he was doing so. 'he could be "reinstated " in the White House in August, according to three people familiar with his words. It echoed a theory promulgated by supporters like Mike Lindell, the managing director of MyPillow, and Sidney Powell, the lawyer uh sued for libel by election machine companies for spreading conspiracy theories on security. of their ballots.
President Biden's victory, with more than 80 million votes, was certified by Congress after the riot of January 6 contained. There is no legal mechanism to reinstate a president, and efforts toArizona Senate Republicans to recount the votes in the state's largest county have been ridiculed as bogus and inept by local Republican officials, who say the result is a partisan circus that is eroding trust in the election.
Nonetheless, Mr. Trump focused on the Arizona effort and a lawsuit in Georgia to insist on the fact that not only will he be reinstated, but Republicans will also regain a majority in the Senate through those same efforts, according to people familiar with what he said. Image Supporters of Mr. Trump demonstrated outside the Dallas County Election Office in Dallas in November. Credit ... Tamir Kalifa for Hfrance.fr
He urged conservative commentators and writers to echo his claims the election was rigged. His attention has intensified in recent weeks, coinciding with the constitution of a special grand jury by Cyrus Vance Jr. ., the Manhattan District Attorney, in his businesses.
Frustrated by the lack of coverage, he has expressed his anger in press releases qualifying him still "45th President of the United States ". "Next time I'm at the White House, there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife " he declared Friday in a press release after Facebook has announced that it will maintain its ban on it for at least two years . "That will be all business!
Last week, he closed his blog after hearing from friends that the site received little traffic and making it appear small and irrelevant, according to someone familiar with his thinking.
Some of its assistants are not eager to discuss his conspiracy theories with him and would like to see himsupport a forward-looking agenda that could help Republicans in 2022. People around her joke that the former leader of the free world's top adviser is Christina Bobb, far-right, eternally pro-Trump correspondent Christina Bobb One America News Network, which he consults regularly for information on auditing the Arizona election.
It remains to be seen what he said about the 2020 election when he appeared in North Carolina.
Mr. Trump was eager to pick up the microphone on Saturday night in Greenville, where aides said he planned to attack Dr Anthony S. Fauci, the nation's foremost infectious disease expert, as well as the Biden administration. .
"Joe Biden wants American taxpayers to pay reparations," Mr. Trump was to say, according to an assistant involved in writing the discbear. "I want the Chinese to pay the reparations for the American taxpayers.
Mr. Trump's first post-presidential rally is scheduled for later in June, followed by further appearances both for himself, paid for by his super PAC, and on behalf of House Republicans who support his agenda, said advisers.
He has been so keen to have an audience that he is even introduced as a speaker who will appear live, via Jumbotron, during from a rally in New Richmond, Wis., where the other headliners are Diamond and Silk, the social media stars of the MAGA movement, and Dinesh D 'Souza, who received a presidential pardon from Mr. Trump for a felony conviction of making illegal campaign contributions. Despite the modest nature of some of the events with which he wishes to associate his name, even some of his biggest detractors are loath to ignore him.
" I would like to be more confined tooth, that was ridiculous, "said Bill Kristol, a prominent conservative of" Never Trump ". "The forest is missing through the trees so as not to see how strong it is. Image Entrepreneurs packing boxes with ballot counts in the much-criticized exam by the Arizona Senate to vote in the state 's largest county. Credit ... Courtney Pedroza for Hfrance.fr
Its den 2020 campaign managers, Bill Stepien and Brad Parscale, are on Mr. T's rump payroll and still involved in his world. But Mr. Trump is episodically enraged with most of his team.
This time around, Jared Kushner, his son-in-law who oversaw his campaign operation 2020, for the most part dropped out, tells the small circle of advisers around the ex-president that he wants to focus on writing his book and building a simpler relationship with Mr. Trump, where he is only a son-in-law. Donald Trump Jr. has become the most politically engaged family member in his father's life.
Susie Wiles, the veteran Florida political consultant who l Former president and everyone in his orbit credit with having achieved critical condition in 2016 and again in 2020, oversees Mr. Trump's fundraising operation from Florida, guiding the weekly conference call of the skeletal team who still lead the post-p residential operation.
In the evening, Mr. Trump attended blood drives funds at his Bedminster, NJ golf course, both for his own Political Action Committee and for Republican Candidates.
But he was impatient to resume organizing rallies, announcing which states he planned to visit before his team finalized locations or dates.
"If you're president for a term, you usually go quietly through the night," said Douglas Brinkley, presidential historian. "He considers himself the leader of the revolution, and he does so in the back of a golf cart.