Sen. Rick Scott of Florida is targeting “establishment” Republicans whom he accuses of trying to turn the Republican Party “upside down.”
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, the chairman of the Senate Republican National Committee charged that “the Washington establishment breathed a sigh of relief when President Trump left the city. There are many people in Washington who hoped that we could get back to order. Regular. Go back to where the Republican Party used to be. They want to retire to safety. “
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Scott, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2024, argued that “we can go backwards. We can go dial-up the internet. We can go to folding phones. We can go to typewriters. This is not the time to go backwards. We have facing us massive challenges and massive opportunities. I’ll focus on the massive opportunities that we have. “
The Republican Party “will not win the future by trying to get back to where the Republican Party used to be,” emphasized the two-term former Florida governor and billionaire businessman. “If we do, we will lose the base of work that President Trump encouraged so much. We will lose countywide elections and ultimately we will lose our nation. We will not allow that to happen.” “
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“Some prefer to fan the flames of a civil war on our side,” Scott warned. “That’s silly and it’s ridiculous. We have serious work to do. We don’t have time for that.”
The conference, known by its acronym CPAC, is the largest annual gathering of conservative activists and leaders. Fox Nation is a sponsor of CPAC 2021.
The conference comes as Trump vows to remain the dominant figure in the Republican Party in the future and pledges to support primary contenders against Republicans who have stood up to him or did not support his efforts to reverse his electoral defeat last year. past Joe Biden. Trump is also flirting with a presidential race in 2024.
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The former president is expected to poke fun at a 2024 presidential bid as he delivers the keynote address at CPAC on Sunday. The speech will be Trump’s first since he left the White House on January 20.