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plantations. ♪ anchor: time for a check of the top stories on al jazeera. . the biden administration is defending its decision not to apply sanctions on mammad bin salman for the killing of jamal khashoggi. reiterated it was seeking to recalibrate, not rupture the relationship between washington and re-add. the state department is urging saudi arabia to disband the elite unit believed to be behind the khashoggi murder. >> we have urged saudi arabia to disband this group and then adopt institutional systemic reform and control to ensure that anti-dissident activities
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and operations sees and sees completely. we have made crystal clear and will continue to do so that the brutal killing of jamaal concert -- comeau khashoggi remains unacceptable conduct. at the same time, our relationship with saudi arabia is important. it is important to u.s. interests and requires progress in reforms to ensure that this important partnership rest on strong fundamentals and continues to advance our shared objectives in the middle east. anchor: united nations secretary general says he is disappointed by the outcome of a global donor conference for yemen. $1.7 billion, less than half of the $3.85 billion the u.n. was asking for. the u.n. says the money is needed to avoid famine and a catastrophe. nicholas sarkozy is found guilty of corruption. he has been sentenced to three years in jail. he has appealed and is facing at
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least two other cases. armenia's prime minister says he is ready to call a snap election to end his country deepening crisis. he has been under pressure from the opposition to step down. the handling of the conflict with azerbaijan over the region. those were the headlines of the news continues here on al jazeera after inside story. stay tuned. thanks for watching. bye for now. ♪ ♪ anchor: donald trump once again shows his dominance of the republican party. in his first speech since leaving office of the high profile conservative gathering. where does that leave the
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republican party and will he make a comeback in 2024? this is "inside story." ♪ anchor: hello. welcome to the show. i'm sammy's a den. the conservative political acnktion conference is usually n indicator of where the u.s.-republican party is headed. at this year's gathering in florida, there was only one man who stole the spotlight. former president donald trump. in his first major speech since leaving the white house. he criticized president joe biden and hinted at a possible run in four years. those who have spoken against him in the past were largely absent from the stage. for many, his appearance on sunday is an indication of influence he still has within
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the republican. we will bring in our guests in a moment. first, this report from john hendren in orlando. reporter: the former president told his most fervent followers that the trump error is alive, well, an ongoing. mr. trump: we began together for years ago and it is far from being over. reporter: the news that the 45th president will remain on the national stage, the state he stood on was crafted in his honor in the shape of the number 45, was well received by this conservative crowd that includes the head of the proud boys who calls establishment republicans rhinos. republicans in name only. >> i've got a trump 2024. trump 2024. trump 2024. >> energy out here, nobody is going to stop it. there went to vote the rinos out. >> i want to say -- want to see
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him running the party no. reporter: whether the party's presidential standardbearer will be named trump, or which trump, donald, don jr., or ivanka, he did not say. >> would you like to see lve the party? >> he is already the leader. donald j. trump. reporter: what about the other trump's? >> i hope they run for 28. reporter: in his first public address since he left the white house, rejected by voters, trump eased the minds of many republicans with a call to unify the party across the bitter divide he helped create. mr. trump: the republican party is united. the only division is between a handful of washington d.c. establishment political hacks. and everybody else all over the country. i think we have tremendous unity. reporter: that call for unity behind trump is a challenge to those republicans who want to unite the party behind someone else in a post trump era.
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the former president is not releasing his viselike grip on a clear majority of republican voters. >> every party, but now the republican party especially, has to look inside after january 6 and say, what have we become? how do we go forward from here? reaching out to donald trump in more of the same is not going to do that. reporter: as expected in his kitchen sink of a speech, he attacked his rivals, promised to defeat them, and repeated claims that he won the election. mr. trump: as you know, they just lost the white house. reporter: he left the door wide open for another run in 2024. mr. trump: who knows. i may even decide to beat them for a third time. reporter: it was a welcome message for everyone in attendance. but for other conservative voters and politicians, it is a worrisome reminder of the widening rift in a bitterly divided republican party. john hendren, al jazeera, orlando, florida.
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anchor: let's bring our guests into the show. we have joining us from washington, d.c., jack kingston. a former republican congressman for the state of georgia. and the former senior advisor to donald trump's presidential campaign. in new york, lincoln mitchell, author and political analyst focusing on american politics and democracy. he is affiliated with the arnold ace ultimate institute for war and peace studies at columbia university. and also in washington, d.c., jennifer lynn. cofounder of republican women for progress. a warm welcome to you all if i could start with jack. has the cpac conference demonstrated that anyone who had any ideas about the republican party perhaps cutting ties with donald trump after he leaves the white house ridding itself of trumpism? that is definitely not going to happen. he truly is the foreseeable
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future of the republican party. jack: well, i would say it put to rest that the republicans are not finished with donald trump. that donald trump will still remain as a fiber part of the party. i do think there will be a struggle as to say who really is the head of the party. i think we could say for now, it is donald trump. he was the main event. and it was not just about cpac. cpac was the venue. but really the world was watching. his critics were watching. democrats were watching. republicans were watching. he has that ability to get the camera, get the microphone, and the crowd does listen to him, like what he says or dislike what he says. he was the main event. not just at cpac. but the main political event of the week. anchor: interesting. let's take that to jennifer. . do you agree with that? jennifer: i think jack and i probably disagree on a lot of
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things, but i absolutely agree that it is clear that trump is still the head of the republican party, for better or for worse. anchor: we've found common ground in this show in the first three minutes. . that is a first. go on, jennifer. jennifer: yes. while cpac, i think it was a far cry from 1974 when ronald reagan addressed the crowd, it was essentially a trump rally. but i think it is really important, while it is clear trump still has a hold on the republican party, there were definite cracks starting to show. only 68% of folks in attendance wanted to see donald trump run again. i think that is relevant because this is a self-selected group of trump supporters. i think that really opens the door for somebody else to come in and be the leader of the republican party. anchor: all right. lincoln, still lumber of investigations, court cases going on. but is it safe to say at this point, if survived two
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impeachments and an attack on capitol hill incident, court cases are unlikely to impact his popularity within the republican party at least? lincoln: within the republican party, that's right. the republican party isn't in an interesting situation. donald trump, i agree, and this will disappoint viewers, i agree with the guests. this is still very much donald trump's party. he is the most powerful force in the party. however, the republican party is in a corner here. if donald trump wants to be the nominee, it is pretty safe to say that he will be the nominee. but he probably can't win a general election. he is the leader of a party that is getting smaller, that lost the election -- the last election. he won in 2016 by about as an -- as possible. this is a tough situation for the republican party. anybody who breaks with trump will have a hard time running for higher office, and may have a primary challenge.
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but if they give into trump, joe biden or kamala harris probably wins in 2024. anchor: this might be a good time to look at polls. jack, i can see jack is angling to go. let's listen into a quick comment from jack before we go to those poles. jack: i want to say that lincoln is correct in terms of everybody has to deal with donald trump, regardless of where you are. if we are going to be the majority party, we have to have particularly northeastern swing, more liberal, more moderate republicans. otherwise you cannot get to the majority of 218 congressman in the house to have the majority. so it is drinking water. i will say this. the republican party is not getting stronger, despite losing the white house. we had incredible gains in state legislative races, and in u.s. congress, and in the senate. except for in my home state of georgia which was a disaster. we did not have a bad year
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politically. so there is something to say about the message of donald trump and the republican principles of smaller government, less regulations, pro-small business and so forth. anchor: certainly did not have a bad year. the republican party lost the election though. pretty bad year? jack: you know, the big prize, no question about it. it is the white house. but what i'm saying, it did not have the coattails of state representatives losing and state senators and u.s. house members. none of them -- we had a great year. my home state of georgia, we lost the senate races because they became involved in the presidential race. we still had a great year in terms of the statehouse. it was a mixed bag at the very worst. but i would say it was not a disaster. anchor: i lincoln wants to disagree. because i saw jennifer was shaking her head in agreement, which is a surprise.
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let me give a chance to lincoln first who might come with some disagreement. then we will come to you, jennifer. lincoln: i may be the only person on the panel who has not been a republican strategist. but, it is an interesting situation. the republicans had about as good a year as you can have while still losing both houses of congress and the white house. that is kind of an odd split. they did well at the state level, lost of the senate by as narrow a margin as possible, they picked up seats in the house of representatives, but not enough seats. and they lost the white house, but they were not trounced there. this is a party that will remain competitive. the question for the party is do they remain more competitive with a message that the congressman described traditional republican message or are they more competitive with the message which is, basically donald trump, right or wrong? ? which is more or less the platform in 2020. then you have these republican
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candidates tend to upper form donald trump. as a quandary. he tends to bring out voters but he cannot close the deal with those northeastern voters who are not always a liberal. we are not talking about the upper west side manhattan. we're talking about suburbs in places like new york, pennsylvania. where the trump presidency heard the republican party generally. it is definitely a needle they have to thread. i don't think it will be easy but doable. anchor: jennifer, go ahead and give us your thoughts on that. i can see you were smiling and nodding away. jennifer: i think it is really important to build on what both of our guests have said. if they are talking about donald trump as the future of the republican party, i will agree with jack that this is the most exciting candidate the republican party has had in a while. he is able to turn out new republican voters. over 74 million people voted for him.
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i think what we have to remember is not only is he exciting to some new republican voters, but he turned out democrats in huge numbers. and even with the popularity of donald trump, he did lose the white house. and he cussed the republicans the house and the senate. i think the problem is donald trump is going to be donald trump, and he will stay exciting for a lot of people. i don't think he can build that coalition that the republican party needs to actually move things forward, whether that is the presidency, the holie or the senate. anchor: is a very important thought. we will pick obama. since we're talking about popularity, the polls suggest donald trump remains popular among his voting base. two weeks ago, a poll surveyed a thousand trump voters. nearly six out of 10 said they would like him to run for president again in 2024. if trump formed a third-party,
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nearly half what supported while 27% would back the republican party. nearly one in five said the party should be less loyal to trump and more aligned with establishment republicans. clearly, jack, there is a challenge here. you said we had a good year because on the state level, things did not go too bad. even though it did not go
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we are going to help small businesses. we are going towe are going to n
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street not the wall street. anchor: jack, didn't sound like that was the bulk of the former president's message at cpac? jack: as you said, earlier, that this was a kitchen sink, everything in the kitchen sink was discussed. which is a very donald trump type speech where he talks about everything. so i would say it was in there, but it was not the primary message. and i think the primary message should be ideas. anchor: let's look at what else was in the kitchen sink. . and lincoln, we saw the former president at the cpac conference take a lot of aim at republican senators who voted against him in the second impeachment. does that say something about how, if the republican is becoming the trump party, will the agenda seems to be the vengeance agenda. going forward. . that seemed to be the bulk of donald trump's message, didn't it? lincoln: the congressman
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referred to the circular firing squad. when you are giving a speech at cpac naming the people who you want impeachment, that is the circular firing squad in action. the republican party, the problem with the -- with what he is saying is he is right. that is a message on which a party can run. that is a message on wit -- on what a party can win back support in the midwest, in those key suburban areas. as long as donald trump is the head of the party, the message is trump. the message is trump's last tweet. not a policy on small businesses, but trump's last tweet. and it is important to remember that trump has been a major figure in american culture for almost 40 years now. in political world, you could say for a decade. but certainly since 2015. and he has never been popular. i'm trying to think about in
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1981, if you took a poll, how many democrats wanted jimmy carter to run again, it would be about 20%. a similar poll in 1993 about george h dubya bush. you might get slightly better numbers. presidents who lose office don't run again for a reason. they have been rejected by the american people. the problem for the republican party is do they want to put someone who has been rejected by the american people, but whose personality, his background, his behavior is a constant distraction from doing what they have to do to be competitive? the republican party is competitive because of the way our legislature is set up, and because of how some voters are more represented than others. this would not be particularly close and we would have a different conversation. anchor: jennifer, it is fair to say you represent a wing of the republican party that wants the party to move in a slightly different direction than donald trump is him. -- trumpism.
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when lincoln posed the question of the republican party having to choose between republican values and what donald trump represents, where do you think -- what decision do you think the republican party is going to make? where will it go? jennifer: that is exactly it. as long as donald trump is up the head of the party, there is no room to discuss ideas. just broadly, ideas in general. anchor: what do people like you do then? jennifer: well, we are trying to figure that out. i think the hard part is as long as we still have to deal with donald trump, i think so many republican leaders are worried about these donald trump voters and how they keep the voters, but kind of move towards what the republican party needs to be in the future to actually retain women and minorities and actually bring in young people to the party. we have now republican party
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platform right now. they have put out a page this year. that was pretty much just trump. i think what happens -- what has happened is republicans have to keep losing. like they have lost the presidency, the house, and the senate right now. and i think we are still in the throes of the republican party going back and forth between what their future is going to be. i think by 2022, we will have a clear vision of what the republican party is inching towards. but it is tough. if january 6 and the insurrection that happened, if that did not make more republicans kind of yarn for a new republican party, i think it is going to be a slow multigenerational process. anchor: let me bring jack back into this. do you think a republican party dominated by donald trump can bring in some of those voters that you mentioned, the more
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moderate and liberals, some of the voters that jennifer is referring to, women and minorities? can you do that under a donald trump dominated republican leadership? anchor: you know -- jack: you know, i think you can. one of the things that kind of surprised me last night is that donald trump did not go after twitter and facebook. and if i was him, particularly in front of that audience, i would have driven that message. i was surprised he did not. does that mean he softened, he has may reassessed his view on the high-tech, poor on those platforms? the point being is maybe he is stepping back and saying ok, what is it i could have done differently? can i change that? i think if a candidate, and we did see it where -- anchor: not the fact that some of them, like facebook, the decision to ban him is under review by their board. you think it is real
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introspection and we will see a donald trump who has changed and grown? jack: i think the jury is going to be out for a while. but if we do see, as we have seen with other candidates who have had political comebacks, that they have changed, that he realized hey, i'm going to own what i did wrong. then i think there is hope. but if it is going to behave, i didn't do anything wrong, it is the world, that is not going to get the message across. anchor: we've got two shaking heads in disagreement. . let me go back go ahead, lincoln. lincoln: in short, donald trump has been on this planet almost eight decades and he has never changed or grown. the notion that this will be the time the donald trump changes, the time that he devolves, that was a mistake that much of the mainstream fell in and it was an enabling. the donald trump you see is what you get. this is who he is. this is who -- what he has been. anchor: all right, jennifer. we had a head shake from you. do you want to add to -- add something?
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jennifer: since 2016 when donald trump came down that elevator, or that escalator, he has never lied to us about who he is. he is exactly the same as who he presented himself to be. i think that is the problem. he never actually became a republican. he never actually -- he is not going to evolve. i think that is the problem. republicans are not learning from their mistakes. they are not moving forward. they are still the circular firing squad at cpac. so therein lies the problem. anchor: where -- why does that seem to work at the state level, but not at the white house and congress level? jennifer: i think what is really interesting, i think this is another one of the cracks we are seeing. we had so many split ticket voters.
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who don't want to see, as the head of the republican party. but they want to support their local or state republican. i think that is my republican women were so successful. i think when you look at things like this, that is kind of where you can move forward. there is clearly lots of support for the republican party still. republicans have an opening to get rid of donald trump, replace him with anybody else and you could actually move forward. anchor: we've got 40 seconds left. i want to give it to jack. can the republican party win the next presidential election with donald trump on the ticket? jack: i think if we stick with the principles that brought us the lowest unemployment rates for african-americans, for women, for hispanics, for workers all across america that brought us record numbers on the stock market, that created all kinds of jobs, and contrast that with a self-imposed border crisis that joe biden has well
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underway before he was sworn in. we talk about the schools being closed down, and reopening them saying that california kids can go one hour a week, give our energy prices -- i have seen gas prices go up $.50 a gallon at the pump now. if we talk about that, that is one of the bookends of politics, is the contrast between here is what i can do, here is what i have done, and here is what my opponent is doing. this last election, he could not really talk about joe biden's record. but now, the -- he will be able to. anchor: all right. i know we can go on talking about this. but i'm afraid we are out of time. let's think our guests. jack kingston, lincoln mitchell and jennifer lynn. thank you for watching. you can see the show any time visiting our website. for further discussion, head over to our facebook page. you can also join the conversation on twitter.
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from me, sam is a dan and the entire team, for now, it is goodbye. ♪
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