Trump stays mostly quiet after impeachment acquittal, sticks to tight script

It was widely expected that former President Trump would remain quiet during his second Senate impeachment trial.

And Trump lived up to expectations.

But since the former president was acquitted on Saturday of one count of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters aiming to disrupt congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, he’s stayed mostly under the radar.

After his acquittal in his impeachment trial on Saturday, Trump touted in a statement that “our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people.”

The former president teased that “we have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.”

But that’s been it – no TV or radio interviews, videos, sound bites or even additional statements.

Trump’s newfound discipline is partly due to his lost access to his favorite social media platforms – being booted from Twitter and Facebook. But with the snap of his finger, he could find himself in front of TV cameras or radio microphones with broad national reach. But so far he’s laying low.

The former president vows to remain a dominant figure in the GOP and pledges to support primary challengers against Republicans who have crossed him who are up for reelection in 2022. And he’s also flirting with a presidential run in 2024 to try to return to the White House. New polls released Monday and Tuesday indicate that most Republicans want the GOP to remain the party of Trump.

The former president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., told Fox News’ “Hannity” on Monday that his father “is going to keep pushing that America First agenda, fighting for the American worker….He’s going to be pushing for candidates who will do that, not the random establishment guys.”

And pointing to Republican candidates who back the former president, Trump Jr. vowed that “we’re going to fight, we’re going to support, we’re going to make sure those guys get elected”

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