Written by Ashton Snyder on
 February 12, 2024

Donald Trump Makes Deal With Club for Growth

In a surprising turn of events, former President Donald Trump and the Club for Growth have buried the hatchet after a year of discord, signifying a major political reconciliation.

According to Politico, this rapprochement comes amidst signs of a consolidating GOP support for Trump as he solidifies his position for the upcoming election's nomination.

The rift between Trump and the Club for Growth, a conservative organization known for its influence in Republican politics, had been a significant storyline over the past year.

This discord was rooted in a series of disagreements that had escalated into public spats and criticism. However, recent developments indicate a thawing of relations, highlighted by a dinner meeting between Trump and David McIntosh, the president of the Club for Growth.

From Conflict to Camaraderie

This meeting took place at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on a Wednesday evening. It was reported by two individuals familiar with the event, marking a significant moment of détente between the two parties.

The significance of this meeting is underscored by the fact that McIntosh is scheduled to join Trump in South Carolina for his campaign ahead of the state’s February 24 Republican primary.

The shift in the relationship between Trump and the Club for Growth is noteworthy, given the organization's previous critical stance towards Trump. At one point, a Club for Growth-affiliated group launched a multi-million-dollar television advertisement campaign against Trump in early primary states. This campaign was eventually discontinued in August after it failed to achieve its intended effect.

The Evolution of a Political Relationship

The history of contention between Trump and the Club for Growth dates back to the 2016 Republican primary, with their relationship experiencing ups and downs over the years. During Trump's tenure as president, McIntosh and Trump developed a closer relationship, with McIntosh even serving as an informal adviser in the years following Trump's presidency.

However, the relationship took a turn for the worse during the 2022 Ohio Senate primary due to differing endorsements. This discord led to a vulgar text message sent by Trump to McIntosh, highlighting the depth of their disagreement.

Further straining their relationship, McIntosh suggested early the following year that Republicans should consider other candidates besides Trump for the 2024 election.

Political Dynamics and Future Prospects

The Club for Growth's decision not to invite Trump to a donor retreat, while extending invitations to other Republican presidential candidates, was a clear indication of the organization's stance at the time. Trump's response to the Club for Growth's anti-Trump efforts was to label the organization the “Club for No Growth,” showcasing his disdain for their actions.

Despite these challenges, Trump's influence within the GOP has continued to grow.

His ability to secure endorsements from former primary rivals and garner increased support from donors is indicative of his strengthening hold on the party's nomination for the upcoming election. This reconciliation with the Club for Growth suggests a strategic realignment as Trump prepares for the upcoming electoral battle.

A Turning Point in Republican Politics

The dinner meeting between Trump and McIntosh at Mar-a-Lago and the subsequent plans for McIntosh to accompany Trump to South Carolina represents more than just a reconciliation; they symbolize a potential unification within the Republican Party as it gears up for the next election cycle.

This development could have significant implications for the party's strategy and cohesion moving forward.

The cessation of the Club for Growth's anti-Trump television campaign last August, after its ineffectiveness became apparent, was a pivotal moment in the lead-up to this reconciliation. It reflected a recognition of the need to reassess strategies and alliances within the conservative movement.

Consolidating Support for the Election Ahead

Trump's endorsements from former primary rivals and the increase in support from donors underscore the evolving dynamics within the GOP. These developments are reflective of a broader trend of consolidation around Trump's leadership as the party prepares for the upcoming election.

The reconciliation with the Club for Growth is a testament to Trump's enduring influence and ability to navigate the complex landscape of Republican politics.

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