By Duncan Smith

President Donald Trump is setting the stage for a complete takeover of the Republican Party.

And that effort mostly means he is working to root out the RINOs that have plagued the party for decades, picking loser presidential candidates like John McCain and Mitt Romney.

It’s a two-prong strategy:

— Rob the RINOs of cash;

— Promote anti-RINO candidates.

And it’s working just as planned.

The Epoch Times reports:

Former President Donald Trump over the past two weeks laid the foundation for exerting financial leverage over the Republican Party apparatus by instructing supporters to donate solely to his campaign website and political action committee, while demanding that the Republican National Committee (RNC) and its congressional chamber affiliates stop using his name and likeness to raise funds.

The stratagem is all but sure to split a substantial chunk of donations from the GOP and allow Trump to divert money from the RNC that could otherwise end up bankrolling the campaigns of the Republicans he is looking to oust. Given the president's immense popularity among Republican voters, the RNC, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) face the dire prospect of raising funds with the handicap of being unable to use the name of the man who reigns supreme over the Republican Party due to his ability to energize the base and pull in a mass of small donors.

'He could cripple them doing this. They will have to rely on larger donors that cannot give unlimited sums of money,' Rich Baris, the director of Big Data Poll, told The Epoch Times.

'And that low-dollar base that drove Trump's fundraising when he had a committee joint with the RNC … it'll probably take some time, but most of them will get the message, and they'll give to Trump's PAC instead.'

Recent polling indicate that most GOP voters are still backing Trump, and the RINO class in Congress is getting the message.

Five GOP senators are retiring in 2022; others are considering it.

And in their wake, MAGA GOP candidates are already stepping in to replace the RINO class.

Fox News adds:

Mike Biundo, a longtime Republican consultant and veteran of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, told Fox News that the retirements 'certainly do' allow the former president to potentially increase his clout over the GOP.

Trump may be gone from the White House, but he still casts a large shadow over the party he reshaped and ruled over during his four years as president. Trump's influence over congressional Republicans remains formidable as his poll numbers among GOP voters remain astronomical. Trump has vowed to support primary challengers to Republicans up for reelection in 2022 who voted to impeach or convict him or others in the GOP who have crossed him, and he is flirting with a 2024 Republican presidential bid to try and return to the White House.

Another GOP strategist who asked not to be identified told Fox News the retirements 'certainly opens the door to a new generation of Republican candidate.'

'Do you get people like Sens. Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton, who adopt the Trump principles but ultimately are seen as credible legislators, or do you end up with people like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is a reality TV show candidate?' asked the strategist. 'I think that is going to be one of the more interesting developments this cycle.'

Donald Trump doesn’t give a damn about RINOs or going along to get along in D.C.

He cares about saving our country from the dark, left-wing forces trying to tear it apart. And he realizes that fundamentally, the Republican Party, the party of federalism and Lincoln, is the vehicle to accomplish the mission.

Thank God he didn’t just flip us all the middle finger and go back to being a billionaire businessman after his reelection was stolen from him.

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