FIRST ON FOX: The Republican Celebration must embrace the Make America Nice Once more (MAGA) motion and combat “wokeism” if it needs to win elections once more — that’s in response to a brand new report by a conservative group that has performed its personal post-mortem of the 2020 election.
The American Rules Undertaking (APP) is releasing the report, “MAGA after 2020: How the GOP can win once more and save America,” which seems on the Republican efficiency in final yr’s election and takes classes for a way the GOP can win once more in 2022 and 2024.
In an announcement accompanying the discharge of the report, APP President Terry Schilling cites the well-known 2012 “post-mortem” report — wherein the Republican Nationwide Committee (RNC) referred to as for numerous adjustments that have been ultimately rejected by the candidacy of President Trump — and warns that some Republicans are trying to return to that within the wake of Trump’s 2020 defeat.
“Somewhat than blindly following elite standard knowledge, we imagine Republicans can be a lot better served by rigorously analyzing what truly occurred in 2020 and drawing the suitable classes from it,” Schilling says. “That is the aim of our report, and our conclusion – derived from an in depth examine of the election outcomes – is that this: though Trump was the sufferer of unprecedented hostility from our nation’s strongest, leftist-dominated establishments, his assaults on Democrats’ wokeism have been extremely efficient and helped broaden the occasion’s base.”
The report goes via a sequence of proposals on points from the household to focusing on Massive Tech, and from pushing again towards “woke” id politics ideology to reining within the “deep state” that the APP believes will not be solely fashionable however may achieve the Republican Celebration electoral success.
The report comes because the Republican Celebration works out its path ahead after a bruising cycle that noticed it narrowly lose the Senate and the White Home in 2020 — with numerous voices within the occasion now calling for the GOP to maneuver previous Trump and embrace a change that they imagine can win within the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential contest. Republicans like Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., have referred to as for the occasion to distance itself from Trump, notably his claims about election fraud in 2020.
“It’s basically harmful, and I feel it is unsuitable, and I feel as Republicans particularly, we’ve got a accountability to face up and to say we imagine within the Structure, we’ll combat for that, we’ll combat for the rule of regulation and to construct that basis in order that we are able to get again to voters we misplaced in 2020,” Cheney stated on “Fox Information Sunday” final month. “I imply that can be a key right here. We misplaced the Home, the Senate, and the White Home whereas Donald Trump was president.”
APP is warning towards a return to the pre-Trump norm from the occasion, warning about arguments by different conservative and Republican teams that keys to 2022 success embrace recruiting extra numerous candidates, ramping up fundraising and hammering Democrats for embracing socialism.
“None of those are essentially unhealthy objectives,” the report argues. “Nevertheless, the close to unique give attention to surface-level enhancements resembling recruiting extra numerous candidates and growing fundraising counsel a presumption that American politics in 2022 and past will proceed to be a business-as-usual affair.”
It connects what it sees as Trump’s significance to the occasion to what it sees as a key problem and alternative for the GOP to push again towards “wokeism” — one thing it says was uniquely acknowledged as a risk by the previous president.
“The comparatively passive and deferential Republican politics of earlier eras are merely incapable of assembly this problem,” it says. “Donald Trump intuitively acknowledged this and was maybe the primary main political determine to considerably confront wokeism, which is exactly why he received in 2016 and nonetheless got here inside 43,000 votes of profitable in 2020 regardless of the unprecedented hostility he confronted.
“This, if nothing else, must be an indication that the GOP’s future should contain embracing and constructing on the Make America Nice Once more motion begun by Trump, not rejecting or pivoting away from it.”
The APP report defines wokeism as “premised on the concept the world is basically divided between privileged and marginalized id teams, and primarily round racial or sexual identities.
“It holds that the world can solely be healed by an intense give attention to the perceived energy imbalance between these id teams, and by in each occasion looking for to disempower these with ‘oppressive’ traits (white, male, conventional sexuality, and many others.) with the aim of preferential remedy for these with ‘oppressed’ traits (minority, feminine, LGBTQ, and many others.).”
To combat again towards wokeism and to safe election victories, APP focuses on 4 ideas: securing elections, rebuilding the American household, preventing “woke-captured establishments” and affirming America’s elementary goodness.
On elections, it requires a pushback towards what it describes as a “new election regime” of mass mail-in voting and vote harvesting. The establishments it names as “woke-captured” embrace the “legacy media,” Massive Tech, company America, academia and businesses just like the DOJ and Pentagon.
On rebuilding the household, APP traces up with its prior calls to mobilize the household as a political pressure and warns that “the GOP can’t win with out family-oriented voters.”
“Furthermore, since households are crucial and highly effective mediating establishment in society, strengthening the American household essentially decreases the affect of different establishments the Left is presently reliant on to bolster its personal energy,” it says.
Lastly, it argues that on the coronary heart of the MAGA message “was an attraction to the important goodness of America.”
“Republicans should firmly reject the woke mission to divide and conquer America via id politics and as an alternative advance a imaginative and prescient of America as basically good, interesting to the values that every one Individuals share in frequent,” the report says.
Trump has himself teased a attainable 2024 presidential run, though he has not dedicated to it. Nevertheless, different potential pro-Trump candidates, like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, may very well be within the operating.
DeSantis got here out on prime of a latest 2024 straw ballot on the Western Conservative Summit, narrowly edging Trump, in response to organizers of the convention.