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Two days removed from his second impeachment acquittal, former President Donald Trump was returning from a day of golf when he was greeted by a throng of flag-waving fans as he neared his Mar-a-Lago estate.

The President’s Day scene in West Palm Beach, Fla., which included jubilant supporters with signs that declared “Trump won,” even impressed Dan Scavino, a veteran of many of his boss’ sold-out rallies. “This is unbelievable,” the longtime aide tweeted Monday.

The spontaneous event was a not-so-subtle reminder that the Twitter-banished, twice-impeached 45th president remains a continuing force inside the GOP. Anyone who thinks otherwise does so at their own peril.

Shortly after the Senate voted Saturday to acquit him, Trump sent out a cryptic message making clear he has little intention of fading into history like most former presidents.

“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,” he declared. “In the months ahead, I have much to share with you.”

What will he share and do? It’s a question many inside the MAGA movement are asking. Just the News interviewed a dozen people close to the former president and came up with a menu of likely options for the man many now just call “45.”

The first and most obvious option is for Trump to try to become the 47th president in four years, winning back the White House. With more than 80% of Republicans still supporting him and a majority favoring him as the 2024 GOP nominee even after impeachment, Trump has a clear path back to the campaign trail if he chooses.  

But it is hardly the only option. And long before he must decide, he has the opportunity for significant impact.

One option is to build up the GOP’s war coffers and candidate field to win back Congress in 2022, something that Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) favors as a starting point.

“You know, he’s ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party,” Graham said Sunday. “He’s excited about 2022.”

Building a well-funded political action committee and rallying behind the House and Senate candidates most supportive of Trump’s populist message is one potential avenue, an idea House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has already begun talking with Trump about.

And if Trump is looking for somewhere to start, he’s got a potential candidate close to home. Daughter-in-law Lara Trump is garnering lots of attention as a potential senate candidate in North Carolina in 2022.

Graham talked about unifying the GOP, and one way Trump may do so in his own unique way is to target never-Trumpers in the 2022 primaries, seeking to increase his hold over the party by replacing intra-party opponents with loyalists. The 17 House and Senate Republicans who supported his impeachment and conviction would be on that list, starting at the top with the likes of Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rep. Liz Cheney in Wyoming and Rep. Joe Rice of South Carolina.

If Trump is calculating, he can make his point about loyalty and solidarity inside the GOP by focusing his wrath on anti-Trump Republicans in safe districts and states and avoid those in swing states or districts where a sudden change could hurt GOP chances in the general election.

The former president could also use a PAC or other nonprofit institutions to build out the messaging for his distinctively populist and working-class movement, drawing clear policy distinctions with the Biden administration on economic and security issues and highlighting the painful consequences of early Biden decisions on traditional Democratic constituencies.

Two days removed from his second impeachment acquittal, former President Donald Trump was returning from a day of golf when he was greeted by a throng of flag-waving fans as he neared his Mar-a-Lago estate.

The President’s Day scene in West Palm Beach, Fla., which included jubilant supporters with signs that declared “Trump won,” even impressed Dan Scavino, a veteran of many of his boss’ sold-out rallies. “This is unbelievable,” the longtime aide tweeted Monday.

The spontaneous event was a not-so-subtle reminder that the Twitter-banished, twice-impeached 45th president remains a continuing force inside the GOP. Anyone who thinks otherwise does so at their own peril.

Shortly after the Senate voted Saturday to acquit him, Trump sent out a cryptic message making clear he has little intention of fading into history like most former presidents.

“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,” he declared. “In the months ahead, I have much to share with you.”

What will he share and do? It’s a question many inside the MAGA movement are asking. Just the News interviewed a dozen people close to the former president and came up with a menu of likely options for the man many now just call “45.”

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The first and most obvious option is for Trump to try to become the 47th president in four years, winning back the White House. With more than 80% of Republicans still supporting him and a majority favoring him as the 2024 GOP nominee even after impeachment, Trump has a clear path back to the campaign trail if he chooses.  

But it is hardly the only option. And long before he must decide, he has the opportunity for significant impact.https://a1f901feea7ac9d9357dd66072656463.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

One option is to build up the GOP’s war coffers and candidate field to win back Congress in 2022, something that Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) favors as a starting point.

“You know, he’s ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party,” Graham said Sunday. “He’s excited about 2022.”

Building a well-funded political action committee and rallying behind the House and Senate candidates most supportive of Trump’s populist message is one potential avenue, an idea House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has already begun talking with Trump about.

And if Trump is looking for somewhere to start, he’s got a potential candidate close to home. Daughter-in-law Lara Trump is garnering lots of attention as a potential senate candidate in North Carolina in 2022.https://a1f901feea7ac9d9357dd66072656463.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Graham talked about unifying the GOP, and one way Trump may do so in his own unique way is to target never-Trumpers in the 2022 primaries, seeking to increase his hold over the party by replacing intra-party opponents with loyalists. The 17 House and Senate Republicans who supported his impeachment and conviction would be on that list, starting at the top with the likes of Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rep. Liz Cheney in Wyoming and Rep. Joe Rice of South Carolina.

If Trump is calculating, he can make his point about loyalty and solidarity inside the GOP by focusing his wrath on anti-Trump Republicans in safe districts and states and avoid those in swing states or districts where a sudden change could hurt GOP chances in the general election.

The former president could also use a PAC or other nonprofit institutions to build out the messaging for his distinctively populist and working-class movement, drawing clear policy distinctions with the Biden administration on economic and security issues and highlighting the painful consequences of early Biden decisions on traditional Democratic constituencies.https://a1f901feea7ac9d9357dd66072656463.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

For instance, Trump could highlight the union jobs killed by Biden’s closure of the Keystone pipeline or the impact of a Democratic minimum wage hike on small business owners, who increasingly include Latinos and blacks.

As a victim of cancel culture and censorship, Trump could also deal devastating blows to the Big Tech oligarchs who have silenced him and opposed his agenda. There have been reports he’s considering starting his own social media platforms.

But an easier and quicker way for Trump to build a new conservative ecosystem would be for him to use his clout to sway tens of millions of his fans to leave Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and send them to create new accounts on the fast-emerging free-speech platforms of Parler, CloutHub and Rumble. That way he can leave the tech headaches to experts while solving a major problem for conservatives through market disruption.

There also remains a “nuclear option” for Trump should establishment Republicans like Mitch McConnell try to pull the party to their side, creating a triangulated GOP.

In that scenario, Trump could upgrade his PAC to a new political party like the so-called Patriot Party and run on a new ticket in 2024. The danger of that option, however, is that it could split the conservative vote and give Democrats an easy win in 2024, much as Ross Perot ate into George H.W. Bush’s vote and paved the way for Bill Clinton’s victory in 1992.

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Trump Appeals Suspension to Rejoin Facebook, Instagram

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. The decision is expected to take around two and a half months.

Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who is a co-chair of the oversight board, told UK’s Channel 4 News that they are currently looking into the appeal concerning Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. The board was set up to be an independent group to hear users’ appeals and is comprised of 19 former politicians, journalists, and academics.

“It’s a very high profile case but that is exactly why the Oversight Board was created in the first place,” Thorning-Schmidt said.

In a statement to The Epoch Times, the board confirmed that “a user statement has been received in the case before the Oversight Board concerning President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.”

“We will have no further comment concerning that statement until the Board has issued its decision,” they added.

Trump’s office did not immediately respond to The Epoch Times’ request for comment.

Thorning-Schmidt said that the board has 90 days to render a decision, adding that although the members would like to expedite the process, the time frame is necessary to allow for translations and experts to share their opinions.

The board is also reviewing public comments on Trump’s appeal. Thorning-Schmidt said they have already received “thousands” of public comments in this case.

Facebook suspended Trump indefinitely in early January following the breach of the U.S. Capitol. The Silicon Valley company was not the only platform to ban Trump amid a campaign these companies say is to remove harmful content from their platforms. Twitter, Google, Snapchat, Twitch, and other platforms also suspended Trump’s access around the same time.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg justified his company’s censorship by claiming the risks of Trump using the platform through Inauguration Day were too great.

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” Zuckerberg said in a statement at the time.

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On the day that the Capitol was breached as Congress was gathered to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, Trump made two posts on Facebook that the company found objectionable and removed, publicly citing Trump’s “use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”

In both of the posts, one being a video, Trump told his supporters that “we have to have peace” and told them to “go home.”

Facebook said it removed the two posts for violating its Community Standard on Dangerous Individuals and Organizations under its policy prohibiting praise, support, and representation of events that Facebook designates as “violating.”

Later, after reviewing Trump’s communications outside the platform, Facebook determined to extend the block indefinitely.

Trump said last week that he was looking into options to return to social media including joining an existing platform or creating his own. He has, however, ruled out re-joining Twitter, which he called “very boring” after many conservative users departed from the platform after his permanent ban.

Perceived unbalanced moderation of users’ content by social media companies has raised concerns over First Amendment rights and a lack of checks and balances for decisions made by Big Tech companies.

Congress is looking to hold Big Tech companies accountable for their actions and has been seeking to legislate a new antitrust law. On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced a March 25 hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who will be expected to testify on misinformation on online platforms.

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GOP split over whether to ‘bend the knee’ by visiting Trump at Mar-a-Lago

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Republican lawmakers are split over whether to pay tribute to Donald Trump by visiting the former president at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) are visiting for a Saturday night fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago to help raise money for the 2022 re-election campaign of Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was spotted at Mar-a-Lago on Friday night.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is planning a visit.

But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) won’t be going.

“The Kentucky Republican is ‘not going to bend the knee’ and travel to Mar-a-Lago, a close McConnell associate told CNN, adding that McConnell will ‘probably never speak’ to Trump again if he can avoid it,” CNN reported Saturday.

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“If they don’t figure it out soon, some GOP leaders fear, there could be a major crash ahead. As some see it, that presents the greatest risk for McConnell, who — despite his power in the Senate — isn’t nearly as popular as Trump with Republican voters across the country,” CNN explained.

“It’s a “collision between a tractor-trailer and a Volkswagen,” said one person familiar with both Trump and McConnell’s thinking, emphasizing the damage that Trump and his massive base of loyal supporters are capable of inflicting.”
(Raw story)

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Trump to speak at CPAC conference in Florida

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Former President Donald Trump will speak at the annual CPAC conference in Orlando, Florida, next week about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement.

People familiar with Mr. Trump‘s plans say he will also speak about President Biden’s immigration policies. Mr. Trump has spoken at the conference previously during his presidency when the event was held in Washington.

It will be Mr. Trump‘s first public appearance since leaving office on Jan. 20. Several House and Senate Republicans are urging him to campaign for GOP candidates in the 2022 election cycle.

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The former president’s allies have warned that Mr. Trump will back primary candidates against Republicans who supported his second impeachment.
(Washington Times)

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