Trump's quieter hold on GOP stays strong: The Note

His influence is evident still in the tone taken by Republicans on Capitol Hill.

The TAKE with Rick Klein

The gatherings, organized by the Republican National Committee and two different Trump-friendly outside groups, will take place at and around Trump properties. Yet it's more than physical proximity -- and the cash hauls that can still mean -- that show the former president's outsized role continuing inside the GOP.

Across states, Republicans in legislatures are aggressively pursuing new voting laws that sprang from the mistrust Trump sowed with his post-election misinformation campaign. Trump-style grievance politics have Republicans fighting culture wars that, in the view of even some party loyalists, leave the GOP straying far from its principles.

Trump's calls for boycotts of Coca-Cola, Delta, Major League Baseball and other entities that get involved in voting-rights politics may or may not amount to anything. But Republicans including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are among those now bluntly warning corporations that coming off the sidelines could have consequences.

The former president's influence over the party is far quieter than it was when he had both the presidency and a Twitter feed. That influence is evident still, though, in the tone taken by Republicans on Capitol Hill -- and the party discipline displayed by opposition to the Biden agenda.

Recall how the question of whether Trump would have serious influence over the future of the party was a real one after Jan. 6. That question has been effectively answered, if not with familiar Trumpian bluster.

The RUNDOWN with Averi Harper

At the center of debate on President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan, is one question, "what counts as infrastructure?"

Republican lawmakers say the plan goes far beyond traditional infrastructure and many have called on Democrats to slash parts of the plan they've deemed unconventional.

In addition to roads and bridges, the Biden administration's plan includes investments in the electrical grid, clean water and broadband internet. White House officials said a second component of the plan is expected to be rolled out this month that will focus on topics typically considered social issues like child care, education and health care.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back on GOP criticism Thursday, calling for big, transformative change.

"This country needs a major infrastructure plan," said Pelosi. "We also have to define infrastructure more broadly than just roads and mass transit."

Pelosi told reporters she estimates the infrastructure package will be through the House of Representatives by July 4. With the thinnest majority in decades, Pelosi has little room for error.

The TIP with Meg Cunningham

Jenner has had different levels of political involvement over the years, from supporting Trump to redefining her stance as "economically conservative, socially progressive." In 2020, she declined to say who'd she cast a ballot for, saying she didn't "talk politics anymore."

"I tried the first couple of years (after my transition). I went back to Washington to make some changes and, to be honest, I just got fed up. I don't even want to get involved anymore," she said then. She'd even said in February of this year she had no interest in hopping into a recall election, should the efforts to remove Newsom make it to a ballot.

But the reported involvement of prominent Republicans, such as Caroline Wren, a longtime GOP fundraiser, and former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, in Jenner's gubernatorial aspirations signal that she feels there is an opening as Newsom begins his fight back against the recall efforts.


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FiveThirtyEight's Politics Podcast. When Donald Trump came onto the scene in 2015, some analysts assumed his anti-immigrant rhetoric would be poison for Latino voters. But in 2016, Trump did no worse than Mitt Romney with that group, and possibly better -- depending on which data you look at. And in 2020, Trump improved on his 2016 margin with Latino voters by five percentage points, according to the exit polls. In 2020, Joe Biden won Latinos easily on the whole: 65% to 32%. But as people who watch elections know, trends and margins matter, and Latino voters aren’t a monolith who all vote the same way. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, Galen Druke speaks with the founders of the political research firm Equis Research, Stephanie Valencia and Carlos Odio. Their recent data-driven post-mortem of the Latino vote in 2020 looks at which voters were likeliest to favor Trump and offers some hypotheses as to why.


  • President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris receive the president's daily brief at 9:50 a.m. They receive a weekly economic briefing at 2:45 p.m.
  • The White House COVID-19 Response Team and public health officials hold a briefing at 11 a.m.
  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg hold a briefing at 12:30 p.m.
  • House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., leads a delegation of 10 members to Mission, Texas. They tour the Donna Migrant Processing Facility, hear an operational brief, visit the border wall in McAllen, take a riverine tour with the Texas Department of Public Safety and talk with journalists.
  • Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, speak to the "Save America Summit," which is being held at Trump National Doral Miami through Sunday.
  • The Republican National Committee holds a weekend donor retreat in Florida with speakers including former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., North Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Kellyanne Conway, former counselor to Trump.
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