Donald Trump is hoping to regain some of the momentum he had in 2016 ahead of his 2024 bid. But there’s a different crop of Republicans this time around.
And Trey Gowdy threw a wrench at Donald Trump’s plans that left Trump red with rage.
Tim Scott, a Republican senator from South Carolina, is thought to be considering a presidential run in 2024.
Scott, like other potential 2024 contenders, established a 501c(4) non-profit to fund his political efforts.
Scott’s organization, Opportunity Matters Network, has an unexpected director in former Congressman Trey Gowdy.
According to POLITICO:
The group affiliated with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R), Opportunity Matters Network, raised about $1 million in 2021, during which it gauged “different target audiences’ potential response” to policy initiatives, cultivated its email list, and developed advertising. Two of the group’s directors are former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and businessman Ben Navarro, who has given millions to a pro-Scott super PAC.
After leaving Congress in 2019, Gowdy was a Trump loyalist who explored joining his legal team amid the Ukraine impeachment hoax.
But Gowdy has known Scott for a long time.
They co-wrote a book about opportunity and politics in 2018.
Then, in 2020, during a phone interview with South Carolina’s Post and Courier newspaper, Gowdy backed the idea of Scott running for President, saying the Senator’s voice was sorely “needed” in American politics.
“I think he views himself as a preacher trapped in the United States Senate, and I view him as someone whose message is desperately needed in this political environment and the one going forward,” Gowdy mentioned.
Scott is also popular with establishment leaders such as RINO Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his staff.
Scott has already taken votes on gun regulation that have enraged conservatives.
In 2016, he voted to increase mental health funding, which gun grabbers might exploit to deny law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights by labeling them “crazy.”
He used woke identity politics to derail one of Donald Trump’s conservative judicial choices.
Following the killing of George Floyd, Scott attempted to reach an agreement with Democrats to put Nancy Pelosi and other leftists in charge of police tactics and make it easier for criminals to sue police officers into bankruptcy.
Those talks fell apart when the Republican base revolted.
However, Tim Scott appears to be preparing to run for President in 2024.
And Trey Gowdy, who irritated conservatives by supporting red flag laws and warrantless FBI snooping, appears to be on board.