What is the Future of the Republican Party?

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Since our loss to the Democrats, however legitimate it may be, the Republican Party needs a new direction. This is critical in order to retain the massive support Republicans gained under Donald Trump and somehow to manage to appeal to even more Americans without shifting on its positions.

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Donald Trump had a massive impact on the Republican Party; under his tenure, not only did he triumph over Hillary Clinton, a massive achievement, but he was able to break all the records for an incumbent president seeking re-election, getting well over ten million more votes in the 2020 election then he did in 2016.

If Donald Trump should seek to run for a second term, he would definitely have the support of the traditional Republican vote, as well as those who voted for him in 2020. Having said that, he would need to pick the right candidate for vice president. This choice would have to keep the current Trump voters happy while appealing to an even larger audience.

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz was not the most popular candidate during the 2016 nomination process in the Republican primary. However since then, Cruz has changed for the better; not only has he doubled down on conservative policies, he has embraced Trumpism. Cruz went as far as putting his career on the line to defend Donald Trump despite the massive onslaught against him. 

Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis is the governor of Florida, an Iraq veteran, and a staunch conservative who governs by conviction. DeSantis has proven over the past year that his strong values made sure that his COVID-19 response was sensible and measured compared to those of Democrat states that favored draconian lockdowns.

Apart from his brilliant response to COVID-19, DeSantis has brilliantly implemented conservative policies in Florida. Under his governorship, the state has flourished. He has also been a firm and unwavering supporter of President Donald Trump, endearing him to millions of Americans who were dismayed when so many higher-up politicians in the party abandoned him.

Should Trump decide not to run, the decision on who is best to take place will not be an easy one. Having said that, however, there is no shortage of brilliant candidates who could take his place, keep his voters happy, and even expand upon them. 

Mike Pompeo

One potential candidate not mentioned previously, but that would make a brilliant president is none other than the former Director of the CIA and former secretary of state, Mike Pompeo. Mike has always had President Trump’s back, but his best attribute would be that he would be the biggest champion of Donald Trump’s enormously successful foreign policy. 

Trump’s foreign policy is most likely his greatest achievement. His presidency was accompanied by four years of global peace. Despite what anyone would say, his negotiating style, although bombastic, was enormously successful at keeping the world a safer place.