Former President Donald Trump is still the central figure in Republican politics, and that’s not a good thing. If party leaders needed any more proof the party’s future is beyond Trump, they need only behold his obvious and public obsession with the 2020 election.

The party must look elsewhere for leadership if they hope to gain ground in 2022.

Most Republican leaders are focused on doing just that: putting together a cohesive platform for GOP candidates that will focus on crime, illegal immigration, and out-of-control federal spending. This platform is promising, and Republicans are hopeful voters will see crime and inflation rates rising and agree with them.

But one person is standing in the way of the GOP’s success: Trump.

Instead of urging his base to look ahead to 2022, Trump continues to demand they spend their time relitigating the election he just lost.

“We didn’t lose. We didn’t lose,” Trump said in Ohio this weekend during his first campaign-style rally since leaving the White House. “It was rigged. We won the election in a landslide,” he continued, calling the 2020 election “the scam of the century and the crime of the century.”

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