Some reports are playing up a power struggle in the incoming Trump administration.
On one side, there is the establishment represented by soon-to-be Chief of Staff Reince Priebus against the populists led by Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who was formerly the CEO of Breitbart news.
One move by Trump loyalists – which many assume would be blessed by Trump himself – could infuriate the establishment.
Trump staffers are forming an outside political organization to support his policies and defend his presidency.
This 501c(4) nonprofit group would be headed by former campaign digital strategist Brad Parscale and provide grassroots muscle to push lawmakers to back Trump’s agenda.
Establishment forces see this group as a competitor to the RNC and are trying to knock down the group’s prestige and ability to raise money.
The Washington Examiner reports:
President-elect Trump is setting off alarm bells in Republican circles with plans to launch an outside political organization.
Trump’s lieutenants are comparing the new group, still under development, to Organizing For Action, the political nonprofit formed by President Obama to harness the grassroots energy that propelled his campaigns and promote his legislative agenda…
…”This group could easily have more power and more money to affect public policy than the RNC,” Saul Anuzis, a former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, said Tuesday…
…Driving Trump’s message, promoting legislation and communicating with his loyal base of voters are to be the group’s priorities. Trump’s inner circle of advisors think it will play a significant role in helping to elect GOP senators in 2018 and preparing for 2020.”
Some establishment Republicans fear the group will be similar to the nonprofit Organizing for America that was key to Obama’s re-election victory in 2012.
But these establishment figures also contend the OFA sucked up money and talent that could have gone to the Democrat National Committee and other party committees.
They contend the Democrat wipeouts in 2010, 2014 and 2016 are in part to blame to this competing power structure.
But conservatives point out it wasn’t a lack of money or party structure that obliterated the Democrat Party.
Blind loyalty to Obama’s failed policies leveled the party down ballot.
These conservatives believe these arrows pointed at a nonprofit supporting Trump are being fired out of fear of losing influence.
Trump’s immigration, foreign and trade policies are in tune with the populist base, but run counter to the globalist agenda of the Republican establishment.
Party elites favor multinational trade deals, open borders and endless foreign intervention.
A nonprofit that advocates for the populist agenda Trump campaigned on would put pressure on rank-and-file Republicans to abandon the donor class and side with their voters.