Trump to headline NRCC fundraiser in November with eye on 2022

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Trump to headline NRCC fundraiser in November with eye on 2022

Former President Donald Trump is slated to attend a National Republican Congressional Committee fundraiser in Tampa in early November, marking his first event with the House GOP’s campaign arm this cycle, two sources on the NRCC’s conference call confirmed to The Post. 

NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) announced that the former president will headline the event during a call with members on Tuesday. Republicans have been bullish about their odds on flipping back the House of Representatives, with House saying they see Trump playing a key role in their efforts to pick up seats. 

While there has been some dispute within the party over the level of involvement they believe Trump should have within the GOP moving forward — with moderates voicing frustrations with his decision to attack incumbents that have been critical of him, many of whom represent swing seats — Republicans are looking to hold onto and build upon the base of supporters he attracted in the 2016 election. 

The news of Trump’s plans to assist in the fundraiser came shortly after he released a statement endorsing the primary opponent to Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Upton is the latest in a string of Trump critics the former president has decided to target. 

House GOP leaders largely stood by incumbents that voted for impeachment. 

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Former President Donald Trump will have his first event with the House GOP’s campaign arm in November.
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House Republicans significantly outperformed forecaster expectations during the 2020 cycle, and now lawmakers are hoping to expand upon that during the 2022 election. 

While Trump has opted to participate in the fundraiser, with his allies asserting he is committed to helping Republicans take back control of the lower chamber, he previously sent cease-and-desist letters to the NRCC, Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee in March calling on them to stop using his image and likeness for fundraising purposes.

The RNC later informed the Trump campaign it “has every right to refer to public figures as it engages in core, First Amendment-protected political speech, and it will continue to do so in pursuit of these common goals.”​

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