Donald Trump Returns to Capitol Hill

Noah Silverbrook

Updated Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 6:05 AM CDT

Donald Trump Returns to Capitol Hill

Donald Trump is set to make a significant return to Capitol Hill, marking his first visit since the Jan. 6, 2021 attack. The former President's visit comes amid a backdrop of federal charges for conspiring to overturn the 2020 election and a recent guilty verdict in a hush money trial.

Invited by House leaders including Speaker Mike Johnson, Majority Leader Steve Scalise, Majority Whip Tom Emmer, and House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, Trump will deliver remarks at the House and Senate campaign headquarters near the U.S. Capitol. His agenda includes addressing issues such as mass immigration deportations, tax cuts, and other priorities for a potential second term.

Trump's schedule is packed. He will start his Thursday at the Capitol Hill Club around 9:30 a.m., a popular venue for House Republicans and home to the RNC and NRCC. Following this, he is expected to speak at the Business Roundtable downtown, an association of over 200 CEOs. Former U.S. Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn has criticized lawmakers for embracing Trump, while outgoing Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell now endorses Trump as the party’s presumptive nominee.

House Speaker Mike Johnson led one of the lawsuits challenging the 2020 election and has closely aligned with Trump since becoming Speaker in late October. Today's meeting with House Republicans will focus on growing the House Republican majority and the 2025 legislative agenda. This coincides with a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's prosecution of Trump.

Sen. John Thune, vying to replace McConnell as the GOP leader, expressed interest in hearing from Trump about the fall election and strategies to appeal to constituencies that may not traditionally vote Republican. Thune believes there is an opportunity to make the fall election a big win.

Experts have warned that the U.S. system is at risk of populist and extremist forces inspired by Trump. Rep. Pete Aguilar of California criticized House Republicans for bending the knee to Trump. Trump has celebrated those who stormed the Capitol as “warriors” and “patriots” and vowed to pardon many convicted of crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack. He has also vowed to seek retribution by ousting officials at the U.S. Justice Department, which is prosecuting him. Republicans in the House and Senate are following Trump’s lead, complaining of an unfair justice system, and the House recently voted to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress.

Former GOP Speaker Paul Ryan was ostracized by Trump allies for reiterating he wouldn’t vote for Trump. However, Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana expects Trump to be the next president and plans to attend the Trump meeting at GOP senators' campaign headquarters.

Trump's meeting with Senate Republicans at 12:30 p.m. will be closed to the press and take place at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) headquarters. Senate GOP Conference Chair John Barrasso invited Trump to discuss plans for the summer and a strategic governing agenda for 2025. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who endorsed Trump's bid for the 2024 presidential election, will also attend. Trump and Senate Republicans are expected to speak to the press after their gathering concludes.

This visit is part of Trump's efforts to shape his presidential re-election campaign and GOP races across the country ahead of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Trump's legal team has a deadline to file any post-trial motions in New York v. Trump by the end of the day Thursday. Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon reacted to a report showing more billionaires are focusing on the economy as a top issue for the November election.

In a broader scheme, Trump's meetings with congressional Republicans will focus on policies aimed at "saving the nation," according to a senior Trump campaign official. Key policies discussed will include protecting Social Security and Medicare, securing borders, an America-first foreign policy, and economic policies of lower taxes.

Former President Trump recently spoke during a campaign rally at Sunset Park in Las Vegas on June 9, 2024, and will continue his advocacy for his political agenda during today's meetings. White House chief of staff Jeff Zients will attend a roundtable discussion on behalf of President Biden, who is traveling overseas for the G-7 Summit in Italy. The roundtable will be hosted by Larry Kudlow, who served as the director of the National Economic Council in the Trump administration from 2018 to 2021.

Conservative Bias:

Well, folks, here we go again. The liberals are in a panic because Donald Trump, the true voice of the American people, is making a triumphant return to Capitol Hill. Despite the left's relentless witch hunts and bogus charges, Trump is still the GOP's shining star. The Democrats and their lapdogs in the media are losing their minds because they know Trump is the only one who can save this country from their disastrous policies. The House and Senate Republicans, led by patriots like Speaker Mike Johnson, are smartly aligning with Trump to push forward an agenda that includes mass immigration deportations and tax cuts—policies that will actually benefit real Americans. Meanwhile, the left continues to whine about January 6th, ignoring the fact that Trump supporters are the real patriots who were standing up against a stolen election. The Democrats are terrified of Trump's influence and are doing everything they can to smear him, but guess what? It's not working. The American people see through their lies and are ready for Trump's return to the White House. The GOP is united, and we're ready to take back this country from the socialist, America-last policies of Biden and his cronies. Trump 2024, here we come!

Liberal Bias:

Brace yourselves, because the nightmare of American politics is back. Donald Trump, the man who incited an insurrection and continues to peddle lies about a stolen election, is crawling back to Capitol Hill. The Republican Party, now fully transformed into Trump's cult, is rolling out the red carpet for him. House Speaker Mike Johnson, who has been one of Trump's most loyal sycophants, is leading this disgraceful parade. It's a slap in the face to every American who believes in democracy and the rule of law. Trump, who has celebrated the January 6th insurrectionists as "warriors" and "patriots," is now plotting his comeback with the full support of a mo***** bankrupt GOP. They are focusing on policies that are nothing more than dog whistles to their base—mass deportations, tax cuts for the wealthy, and a so-called America-first foreign policy that isolates us from the world. Meanwhile, serious issues like protecting Social Security and Medicare are being used as political footballs. The Republicans are shamelessly following Trump's lead, even as he vows retribution against the Justice Department. This is not just a political meeting; it's a strategy session for undermining our democracy. The GOP has shown its true colors, and they are as dark as ever. If Trump and his enablers succeed, the very fabric of our nation is at risk. This is a critical moment, and every American who cares about the future of this country must stand up and say, 'Enough is enough.' The time to resist this authoritarian takeover is now.

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