Prime Iowa Republicans Freeze Trump and Will not Return His Calls
Top Republicans in Iowa from governor down are not returning Donald Trump’s calls or pledged to support him in 2024.
The former president, who is keen to secure early support in what remains a key state in the Republican presidential race, has reached out to Iowa influencers who have sided with him in the past.
Senators Chuck Grassley and Gov. Kim Reynolds did not respond when he called recently, and neither is willing to agree with their party’s former leader so early, according to people familiar with the matter. Neither are Joni Ernst or other high-ranking state officials.
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Republicans aren’t so subtly freezing Donald Trump. It’s no longer 2016, or even 2020. Trump expected the Republican Party to line up behind him, but instead they act like they’re too busy to take his calls.
Trump’s strength lies in the base of the Republican Party. Unlike the Democrats, the Republican Party was driven by grassroots fear. Democrats tend to appeal to and move with their base. Republicans live in fear that the grassroots will turn against them and throw them out of office.
If the Republican leadership decides to rally around someone else but the base remains with Trump, chances are weak Republicans-elected will rally around the former president, but so far Republicans in Iowa see Trump’s numbers and refuse to to take over.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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