Once partners together in a bid to reshape the federal judiciary and build a conservative Supreme Court majority, former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are now in a battle for control of the Republican Party.
Republican insiders are unsure which side will prevail. Some think Trump’s presidency was a sign rank-and-file voters have turned against GOP establishment politics for the foreseeable future. Others doubt the ex-president has the attention span or organization to compete with the wily Senate tactician from Kentucky.
But many fear the fallout of a protracted public spat between two of the most important Republican leaders in the country. “We’re all lucky DJT doesn’t have Twitter,” said a GOP strategist and former Trump 2016 campaign official.
The early signs are that the grassroots are sticking with Trump. In a Quinnipiac University poll released this week, only 11% of Republicans hold Trump responsible for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol