After the deadly violence of January 6, the Republican Party looked set to sever ties with Donald Trump but just a few weeks on signs point towards a renewed bond between them.
In the aftermath, Trump’s actions surrounding the Capitol riot were widely condemned—from voices on both sides of the aisle—and his impeachment backed by 10 Republican votes in the House.
However, a recent vote on the constitutionality of his Senate trial post-presidency signaled that is unlikely enough Republicans would vote against him to see him convicted.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) spoke of Trump bearing responsibility for the attack on the Capitol in its wake, though spoke against his impeachment.
But despite this prior condemnation the pair met in Florida on Thursday, and it was discussed that Trump would back Republican candidates for 2022.
“President Trump committed to helping elect Republicans in the House and Senate in 2022,” McCarthy said in a statement.
He added: “A united conservative movement will strengthen the bonds of our citizens and uphold the freedoms our country was founded on.”
Sharing this message to Twitter, he wrote: “United and ready to win in ’22.”
A statement from Trump’s Save America PAC also spoke of Trump committing to assist Republicans running for the House—adding “the work has already started.”
This came following speculation Trump could split off from the GOP, with reports he could consider starting a new party of his own.
Jason Miller, an adviser to the president, said previously the potential for any such move was dependent on the actions of Republican senators.
“The President has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022,” Miller tweeted previously.
“There’s nothing that’s actively being planned regarding an effort outside of that, but it’s completely up to Republican Senators if this is something that becomes more serious.”
In separate comments to the Associated Press, Miller said: “I think that’s pretty clear that Republican voters are adamantly opposed to impeachment and Republicans who vote for impeachment do so at their own peril.”
As well as McCarthy’s meeting with Trump, other GOP lawmakers allied with the president have also spoken of their desire to remain linked with him.
“I think a third party is a bad idea for conservatism. I think the best thing for us is to, to keep the Trump policy movement alive.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) meanwhile has spoken of wanting more leaders with Trump’s spirit in the GOP and suggested Trump would be backed if he wanted to run again in 2024. The president spoke of being back “in some form” in a farewell speech, and polling has indicated he could be the frontrunner for the Republican presidential candidate should he want to have another shot.
Newsweek has contacted the Office of the Former President, McCarthy’s office and the Republican National Committee for further comment.