Trump Slams McConnell As 'Political Hack' In Statement Reasserting Control Over GOP

Republicans are wrestling with the future of their party after the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. While a faction of Republicans wants a clean break from the former president, the vast majority remains loyal to Trump, indicating that reports of the death of Trumpism within the GOP may be greatly exaggerated.

In a statement Tuesday, Trump reasserted his influence over the party and tore into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"Trump does not control the GOP, the grassroots control the GOP...and these folks love Donald John Trump. That is the reason Trump has so much influence," said Republican strategist Ford O'Connell. "So until the grassroots sour on Trump, this is his party."

Conventional political wisdom suggests a candidate can't get elected without support from the grassroots. These are the voters who attend party meetings and vote in every primary election. If the grassroots haven't found a reason to turn on Trump by now, there's little reason to believe they will before the midterm election. That means the Republican Party's electoral fate is inextricably tied to Trump, for better or worse.

O'Connell said the idea of a third party was "beyond a stupid fantasy" and noted that the parties that lose always go through a period of soul-searching to figure out why they didn't win.

"One of the great misperceptions out there is that parties stay static," O'Connell noted. "It's a two-team match and the parties are always reinventing themselves."

Read more from Leandra Bernstein at WZTV

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