(PresidentialInsider.com)- Former President Donald Trump is taking a much different approach to his years post-White House.
Unlike other recent former presidents, Trump is not going quietly into the night. In fact, he has plans to make a lot of noise in the near future.
While Trump hasn’t announced yet whether he will run for president again in 2024, one of his top advisers says he will soon re-start his “Make America Great Again” rallies.
Last week, Jason Miller spoke to Axios, saying the massive rallies will start again “as soon as late spring or early summer.” Trump will apparently focus on garnering support for various Republican candidates he’s going to support in the 2022 midterm elections.
On Twitter, Miller responded to a news story that had the headline “Brace yourself: Trump’s MAGA rallies are coming back,” by writing: “Yes … yes they are!”
Miller said Trump “has already begun to vet and endorse candidates for 2022, with an eye toward electing not just Republican candidates, but America First Republican candidates.”
“His endorsement lifts candidates above the pack and often clears the primary field. The general election endorsement provides access to ‘Trump voters’ not normally accessible to Republicans.”
The former president is viewing himself as sort of a kingmaker, according to Miller. Trump has already given out more than 12 endorsements for the 2022 midterms. That includes support for Republicans John Kennedy, Tim Scott and Ron Johnson, as well as support for some Republican challengers running against Republican incumbent senators.
He isn’t limiting his support to just congressional races, though. Trump has thrown his support behind Representative Jody Hice, who announced she will be running for Georgia’s secretary of state against incumbent Brad Raffensperger. The latter drew the ire of Trump for not doing enough to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia, which was a contentious state.
In addition, Trump has supported Sarah Huckabee Sanders, his one-time White House press secretary, for governor of Arkansas. And he’s endorsed Alabama’s Representative Mo Brooks to take over for Senator Richard Shelby, who’s retiring.
While he was in the White House, Trump held more than 150 of these MAGA rallies. He drew millions of people across the country to attend, easily drawing more attention than President Joe Biden did during the 2020 presidential campaign.
He’s hoping that he’s able to garner the same level of attendance and attention, even though he’s not in office anymore and isn’t a candidate for any position himself.
In addition to supporting various candidates, Trump is likely to target incumbent Republican members of Congress who he’d like to see gone. One of his top targets is Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, who voted earlier this year to impeach him.
As The Washington Post wrote over the weekend:
“The backlash to Liz Cheney’s focus on Trump has been fierce. As recently as Monday, Trump met with his advisers in Florida to discuss 2022 endorsements, according to people familiar with the meeting.
“One of Trump’s major priorities was to pick a single candidate from the ever-expanding ranks of Republican rivals in Wyoming who are seeking to run against her, so the anti-Cheney vote is not divided. Trump political advisers have already begun making calls to officials in Wyoming, circulating polling memos and meeting with potential candidates.
“Jason Miller, a Trump spokesman, said knocking off Cheney was ‘one of the highest priorities as far as primary endorsements go.'”