Former President Donald Trump has been out of office for over a month, but his dominance in the Republican party is arguably stronger than ever.
The party's adoration of Trump is currently on full display at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend which will culminate in the release of the convention's straw poll winner—thought by some to be, however undeservedly, the first glimpse at who will be the party's nominee in the next presidential election.
The former President—who's also the convention's keynote speaker—is almost certain to win the straw poll, and according to his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, he likely won't be the only Trump to take a top spot.
"What we will see on Sunday is we will see the start of planning for the next administration, and I can tell you the people that are at the top of that list, all of them have Trump as their last name."
The adult Trump children relished their roles in the political reality show foisted on the nation by their father. The former President's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, served as a senior advisor to her father his entire four years in office, speaking to world leaders on his behalf and scrambling to legitimize her father's policies.
In addition to heading up the Trump Organization after his father took the White House, Donald Trump Jr. is frequently on television defending the former President. His Twitter antics have long rivaled even Trump Sr. in their eagerness to troll.
Even beyond Donald Trump, who will be nearly 80 on the next presidential election day, Meadows is right that an unignorable segment of the party wants to see the Trump name become a political dynasty.
Twitter users found the continued embrace of the Trump family within the GOP alarming.
God Help Us, please https://t.co/rVf8EJx5tG— Caroline Smith (@Caroline Smith) 1614324633.0
What a phucking joke! Saying proudly that the crime family is at the top of the list to continue to lie,spread hate… https://t.co/vQMfbLYGnI— Nograyareas Jackson (@Nograyareas Jackson) 1614323471.0
GOP is a Cult. https://t.co/wpRWBiynwg— Babuu (@Babuu) 1614311770.0
https://t.co/kOmJCz1pgy https://t.co/SehgOALtqS— Matt Rendall (@Matt Rendall) 1614362397.0
Others found the GOP's worship of the name Trump laughable.
“No, really, we can’t do any better.” https://t.co/XIxGH2fYSJ— Alex Petroski (@Alex Petroski) 1614351804.0
@MarkMeadows Please put a Trump as your candidate in 2024. 😂 We’ll beat you by even more next time. https://t.co/KSxzQMCUHL— Hummingbird (@Hummingbird) 1614312518.0
Lmao https://t.co/733IaK0Cj1— Lonnie Luna II (@Lonnie Luna II) 1614357113.0
And some were under the impression that at least one Trump would be occupied with legal battles or even incarceration.
All that have trump as their last name will have to withdraw their nominations once indicted and found guilty. I'… https://t.co/SgKq9hwrbE— Tiny Twitchy Tweetfingers (@Tiny Twitchy Tweetfingers) 1614337655.0
Whoever gets the most felony indictments gets to run for president. https://t.co/ivgNnogD3P— Bill Maxwell 😷 (@Bill Maxwell 😷) 1614309473.0
@MarkMeadows the only list that the Trump's are on the top of is the list with impending arrests. https://t.co/h2qUfhUhox— Debbie B (@Debbie B) 1614309058.0
It will be years before the country potentially sees a Trump running for the White House again, but the first indication of the family's staying power starts at CPAC.