Editor’s note: Big Tent Ideas always aims to provide balancing perspectives on the hottest issues of the day. Below is a column arguing that former President Donald Trump should be the candidate to lead the Republican Party into 2024. A counterpoint can be found here, where former senior Trump adviser Christian Whiton argues that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ landslide victory in the 2022 midterms proves Trump is no longer fit to lead the Republican Party.
I can rattle you off statistics about how much better America was two years ago. Gas prices were roughly half of what they are now. There was about a third less fentanyl crossing the border. We were also not on the brink of nuclear war with Russia.
You know how much better life was under President Donald Trump than Biden, you don’t need me to tell you that. It’s time now, though, to look to the future. (RELATED: WHITON: After Florida Landslide But No Red Wave, Trump Faces Humiliation If He Takes On DeSantis)
The job President Trump started was not finished. Only Trump can be trusted to enact the “America First” agenda he ran on in 2016. We won’t accept any imitation. Despite what many Washington, D.C., conservative elites want you to believe, we are not in the “post-Trump era” or close to it. We are still in the midst of the revolution started by Trump when he rode down that golden escalator.
Just look at who is lined up against Trump already in the 2024 primary. It’s folks like Paul Ryan or billionaire mega-donor Ken Griffin, who is planning to back a Trump challenge. Politico reports Griffin “wants to … blunt the vein of populism that has complicated the party’s relationship with the corporate world.”
This is why a Trump 2024 run is so necessary. We know that he will continue to disrupt and serve the people against the Swamp.
Many of the same Republicans that will agitate against him raise millions off of his name in email fundraising solicitations because they know how popular he is with the base. Trump is popular because he kept his promises. Do you remember celebrating the demolition of ISIS? That was the strength of a focused Trump foreign policy.
We had an economic boom under President Trump, secured the border and rewrote the political map. Why would we stop the progress now and go back to Republicans supported by Wall Street? We shouldn’t bench our star quarterback at halftime.
There’s so many more accomplishments left for us to achieve if we elect Donald Trump back to the White House.
There is still much swamp to be drained in every administrative agency of our government.
There are still miles of wall to be built and longtime counterproductive foreign policies to be reversed. Trump was and is targeted by the “intelligence community” because he applies intelligent thought to avoid wars, not start them.
The saying goes, “if you’re taking flak, you’re over the target.” President Trump has not stopped taking flak from the lying media and the nonstop investigations because he’s the Swamp’s worst nightmare.
We would be giving up by not having Trump as the Republican nominee in 2024. It would be a reward to the scumbags on the January 6 Committee and all of those who are aligned against our movement.
Donald Trump started this and has no intention of being a retiree. He earned our trust by keeping his promises.
America is broken under Biden. Trump alone can fix it.
Matt Gaetz represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District.
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