Donald Trump is mad and his vengeance is being plotted.
Since leaving the White House this weekend when he is scheduled to give a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, the former president is due to make his first public appearance.
Trump is set to make a statement about his control over the Republican party, according to those close to him.
Axios reported, citing top Trump allies, that Trump is famous for carrying a grudge, and he is said to be obsessed with payback.
The publication was told by a longtime Trump adviser that Trump’s speech would be a “show of force” and said the message would be: “I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I’m still in charge.”
He reportedly wants to remind others in the party that he is the “presumptive nominee” for the 2024 presidential cycle, especially those who did not bend to his will and deny the reality of the election result.
Even if Trump does not end up running in four years, by leveraging his strong command over much of the Republican base-an influence that can be wielded to great effect in primary races when registered Republican voters choose who makes it on to the ballot-he is reportedly determined to be the party’s kingmaker.