Source: Chad Groening, Billy Davis

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The weekend political rally in Cullman, Alabama was ostensibly to benefit Congressman Mo Brooks, who is seeking the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Richard Shelby. Trump touted Brooks’ candidacy as expected but he also spent a great deal of time criticizing President Joe Biden on crime, inflation, and the disastrous evacuation happening now in Afghanistan.

“One year ago this month, in my nomination speech,” Trump told the overflowing crowd, “I warned the entire country of the disastrous consequences of a Biden presidency.”

Rob Chambers, vice president of AFA Action says the huge turnout of approximately 30,000 proves Trump remains a key figure in the Republican Party. Not only that, Chambers says, but the former president is pushing the GOP toward “fundamental conservatism” which moves the party to the right and farther away from the control of the powerful insiders who control it. That is why, he says, Trump has endorsed Brooks and is campaigning for him.

“Because [Trump] knows that Mo Brooks is going to be going head-to-head with the political establishment,” Chambers predicts.

The former president, a political newcomer and outsider, vowed to “drain the swamp” in D.C. as part of his populist “America First” message that resonated with voters. That “swamp” includes GOP insiders, too, who worked against him once voters turned D.C. upside down by putting him in the White House.

Chambers says Trump is now helping those same politicians by putting Democrats on the defensive as the midterm elections near.

“Without Trump and the conservative base, the GOP is basically running on flat tires,” Chambers says.  “Without Trump, the GOP doesn’t have anyone to rally around. Who’s it going to be, Mitch McConnell?”