By Duncan Smith
Well, he did it.
Donald Trump the now-private citizen and ex-president strongly hinted he wants to become president again, to serve his well-earned two full terms.
As he spoke to an often raucous and always responsive crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando this afternoon, Trump touched on his ‘loss’ to Joe Biden, touched on how he really won, then said, “Who knows? I may have to beat them a third time.”
The room exploded with joy and sustained cheering.
That, more than anything, proved that Trump still ‘owns’ the GOP.
But that’s not all.
A straw poll taken at the event puts him at the top of the ticket followed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has much of the same verve and vigor that Trump does, especially when it comes to dealing with critics and a ridiculously biased media.
Former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) have won the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll, which was conducted by the Washington Times and announced on the final day of the annual conference.
The straw poll, often used as a barometer of which candidates are most popular among conservative voters, found that when Trump was included as a 2024 presidential candidate, he won 55 percent of the vote. DeSantis came in second with 21 percent support, followed by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) with four percent.
Granted, the poll was taken with an expectation that Trump may run again in four years. Take him out of the equation and those numbers change (DeSantis easily takes the top bid).
But that’s the thing….Trump’s legions of supporters still want him.
One final piece of the pie: Trump has no intention of going or starting a third party.
He wants to remake all of the GOP in his image.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 28, 2021
The evidence is plain.
The enthusiasm for Trump remains not just high but sky high.
And that scares the bejesus out of the deep state and Dems.
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